James Hetfield breaks his wrist skateboarding down a hill in Evansville, Indiana before a gig, but continues the tour singing. The band's guitar tech, John Marshall, fills in. (Marshall later becomes a member of Metal Church).
September 27, 1986
Traveling from Stockholm to Copenhagen in a tour bus, the band draws cards to figure out who will sleep in which bunk. Cliff draws the ace of spades and chooses to sleep in Kirk's bunk. Some time around dawn, the bus driver looses control of the bus, which skids out of control and rolls over several times. James, Kirk and Lars survive with no serious injuries, but Cliff Burton is pinned under the bus and dies.
"I saw the bus lying right on him. I saw his legs sticking out. I freaked. The bus driver, I recall, was trying to yank the blanket out from under him to use for other people. I just went, 'Don't f***ing do that!' I already wanted to kill the guy. I don't know if he was drunk or if he hit some ice. All I knew was, he was driving and Cliff wasn't alive anymore."