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.
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