Willie Nelson Tour Suspended After Bus Crash

By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
November 24, 2013; 12:38 PM ET
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Willie Nelson's band bus crashed early Saturday morning in Texas, injuring three people.

The bus crashed into a bridge pillar about 3:30 a.m. CST on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, Texas. Nelson was not on the bus, the band said.

Paul English injured his ankle, Billy English suffered a bruised hip and crew member Tom Hawkins has a cracked rib, the band said on its Facebook page.

"The other family members on the bus are sore but everyone is expected to recover fully. The last four dates in November (in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana) have been postponed and the tour resumes as scheduled in December," the post stated.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the crash and told The Associated Press that the driver was dealing with wet roads and high winds at the time of the crash. The band said the interstate was icy.

Weather observations from the Sulphur Springs airport, which is located north of I-30, indicate that it was not raining at the time of the crash, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said, Winds were sustained at 12 mph with a gust of 17 mph.

Occasional rain and drizzle that started Friday morning ended shortly after midnight, Pydynowski said.

The band's website showed that its tour will resume Dec. 10.

This Sept. 21, 2013, file photo shows Willie Nelson performing during the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Nelson temporarily suspended his band's current tour after a bus crash injured three of his band members Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Texas. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)


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