Bus Crash Injures Willie Nelson’s Band

By Aaron Pero

Sat Nov 23rd, 2013 10:33am America/Los_Angeles

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(CNN) – A tour bus transporting Willie Nelson’s band members spun out of control in a storm and crashed into a Texas bridge pillar before dawn Saturday, breaking the hip of one band member and slightly injuring two other members, police said.

Willie Nelson wasn’t on the bus, the musician’s website said.

The three band members were hospitalized, and the music tour was indefinitely suspended, the website said.

The crash occurred on Interstate 30 outside Sulphur Springs, Texas, and the bus driver was trying to negotiate heavy rains and winds, said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper and spokeswoman Sylvia Jennings.

But the bus was swept off the road and crashed into a bridge pillar, Jennings said. The bus was carrying five band members and the driver.

Band member Robert Paul English suffered a broken hip, and Billy English and Thomas Ray Hawkins received minor injuries, authorities said.

The Willie Nelson and Family was scheduled to perform in Robinsonville, Mississippi, on Saturday, and in Jackson, Mississippi, on Sunday, the band’s website said.

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