Legendary Country singer Willie Nelson’s band were involved in an accident early Sat morning when their tour bus struck a highway pillar on an overpass due to heavy rains and wind, which resulted in the drummer breaking his hip and two other band members suffering minor injuries. The accident occurred 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. We will be saying a prayer for the boys fast recovery and look forward to seeing the band back out on the road.
Willie was noted to not be on the bus at the time of the accident nor does it appear that his long time coach the Honey Suckle Rose was the bus involved the accident.