Willie Nelson’s Bus Crash Injures Band
Ellisha Rader Mannering
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A bus carrying 5 members of Willie Nelson’s band crashed, injuring 3 people. Willie was not on board the bus at the time of the accident, but was on a different bus instead. The van was driving through a storm in Texas when it spun out of control and hit a bridge. The injured band members have been hospitalized and the band’s tour has been postponed.
None of the injuries sustained were life threatening. Paul English hurt his ankle, Billy English suffered a bruised hip and Tom Hawkins injured his rib. His hip was not broken as originally reported.
Willie Nelson’s website released a statement about the wreck saying,
“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.”
Icy roads and bad weather are being blamed for the crash and no other vehicles were involved. The postponed November tour dates have not yet been rescheduled and Willie has not released a statement about the bus crash.
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