Willie Nelson tour bus crash leaves three band members hurt

By David Ferguson
Saturday, November 23, 2013 14:40 EDT
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Stormy weather led to a serious crash early Saturday morning when country and western music legend Willie Nelson’s tour bus plowed into a bridge support. According to CNN, three band members were injured and rushed to local hospitals when high winds and heavy rain swept the bus off the road on Interstate 30 outside Sulphur Springs, TX.

Nelson was not on the bus at the time of the accident. The 70-year-old writer, singer, guitarist, producer and arranger has suspended his tour indefinitely while the injured musicians recover.

Also on the bus Saturday morning were two other musicians and the driver, who escaped unharmed. Texas Highway Patrol spokesperson Sylvia Jennings said that musician Robert Paul English reportedly suffered a broken hip and Billy English and Tommy Ray Hawkins each sustained minor injuries. All three men were hospitalized after the crash.

[image of Willie Nelson onstage via Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com]

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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