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Willie Nelson Band Members Injured in Tour Bus Crash

Country artist postpones remaining November tour dates

Three members of Willie Nelson’s touring band were injured and subsequently hospitalized when their tour bus crashed into a bridge pillar in east Texas early Saturday morning, prompting the artist to postpone several tour dates.

According to reports, the crash occurred along Interstate-30 outside Sulphur Springs at around 3:30 a.m. in cold, rainy conditions. None of the bandmates’ injuries were life threatening, and all are expected to recover. Nelson himself was not on the bus at the time of the crash.

A statement on Willie Nelson’s website says they believe the crash occurred due to icy conditions. “No one suffered serious injuries,” it says. “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.”

As a result of the accident, Willie Nelson has postponed the remaining tour dates in November so the band can recover. The tour is expected to resume on schedule in December.

(Photo: Bob Jagendorf/Flickr/Wikimedia)

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Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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