Willie Nelson’s Band Members Injured In WreckBy: Lindsay McCane - November 23, 2013
Country music legend, Willie Nelson, is lucky that he was not on the same bus as his band mates this weekend. His band members were on a tour bus that was carrying the driver and five band members when it crashed at around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The crash occurred on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, approximately 80 miles northeast of Dallas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, Sylvia Jennings, said that the bus wrecked due to severe weather conditions that included torrential rain and strong winds.
“The driver stated that he had been driving through heavy, heavy rains and high winds and was having a difficult time driving,” Jennings said. “I guess at some point he lost control, went off the road and hit one of the columns of one of the overpasses.”
Luckily, no one was seriously injured, and everyone is expected to make a full recovery. The bad news is that Nelson’s tour has been postponed through the end of the month to give his band members time to recuperate.
An update on the crash was posted on Willie Nelson’s official website. The update read:
The band’s bus (Willie was in his own bus) crashed along I-30 around 3:30 AM when it hit a bridge pillar — about 80 miles east of Dallas. We believe it is due to icy conditions on the road. No one suffered serious injuries. Paul English injured his ankle, Billy English suffered a bruised hip and crew member Tom Hawkins has a cracked rib. The other family members on the bus are sore but everyone is expected to recover fully.
The last four dates in November have been postponed and the tour resumes as scheduled in December.
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