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Willie Nelson Tour Bus in Serious Accident

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Three people have been hospitalized after a tour bus carrying Willie Nelson‘s band was involved in a serious accident.

KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas reports the bus struck a bridge pillar on I-30 in Sulphur Springs, Texas at 3:30AM Saturday morning (Nov. 23). Nelson’s drummer, Robert Paul English, sustained a broken hip, while band members Billy Jean English and Thomas Ray Hawkins were also injured.

Nelson was not on board, but the accident has resulted in his current tour being postponed indefinitely. The country legend broke the news to his fans via Facebook.


State Trooper Sylvia Jennings tells the Associated Press that seven people were on board at the time of the accident, including the driver. Jennings says the driver was dealing with wet roads and high winds that contributed to the accident.

Nelson still had more than a dozen dates on the books for 2013, which have all been postponed indefinitely. The country icon has promised to keep fans up to date via his Facebook page.

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