Willie Nelson's band members injured in Texas bus crash

Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:27pm EST

(Reuters) - Country singer Willie Nelson's drummer broke his hip and two other band members suffered minor injuries after their bus hit a highway overpass pillar in heavy rains in East Texas early Saturday morning, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The accident forced Nelson to suspend tour dates through the end of the month, according to the band's website.

The bus, carrying the driver and five band members, crashed on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, 80 miles northeast of Dallas, about 3:30 a.m., Trooper Sylvia Jennings said.

"The driver stated that he had been driving through heavy, heavy rains and high winds and was having a difficult time driving," Jennings said. "I guess at some point he lost control, went off the road and hit one of the columns of one of the overpasses."

Nelson's drummer, Paul English, broke his hip, and two bandmates - English's brother, Billy, and Thomas Ray Hawkins - had bumps and bruises, Jennings said. They were taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

"Willie Nelson's band bus (not Willie's bus) was in an accident overnight on icy I-30," said Nelson's website. "3 members of the family were hospitalized. Additional information will be released as we get it."

The band had been scheduled to play the Horseshoe Tunica Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, on Saturday night.

Nelson, a singer and songwriter, is perhaps best known for his Farm Aid benefit concerts. His hits include "Always on My Mind" and "Whiskey River."

(Reporting by Noreen O'Donnell; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (3)
Val_Halla wrote:
This information would appear to be incorrect as Willie’s own website is reporting different information:

“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.”

Nov 23, 2013 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Val_Halla wrote:
This information would appear to be incorrect as Willie’s own website is reporting different information:

“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.”

Nov 23, 2013 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
runfast3 wrote:
If the driving conditions were that bad the driver sahould have took the bus off the road untill the conditions improved.

Nov 23, 2013 5:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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