Willie Nelson Postpones Tour Dates After Bus Crash

Author: Brian Ives

Willie Nelson and Family at Ravinia (photo by Kurt Wolff)

UPDATE: A new message posted today (Nov. 23) on Willie Nelson’s website updates the news about the accident involving his band’s bus. The message now details which bandmembers were hurt and fortunately notes that “no one suffered serious injuries.” Read the note in full:

“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. The last four dates in November have been postponed and the tour resumes as scheduled in December.”

Willie Nelson has cancelled a handful of upcomong tour dates following a crash involving the bus that his backing band travels in. His official website posted “Willie Nelson’s band bus (not Willie’s bus) was in an accident overnight on icy I-30. 3 members of the family were hospitalized. Additional information will be released as we get it.” I-30 is in Texas, Nelson’s home state.

According to his website, his next four tour dates have been postponed, however his dates for December are still on the schedule.  CNN reported that the bus spun out of control in a storm, and crashed into a Texas bridge pillar before dawn this morning. While Nelson’s website, Facebook page or Twitter account have yet to release the names of the injured bandmates, CNN is reporting that drummer Paul English (the subject of Willie’s song “Me And Paul”) suffered a broken hip, and his brother (fellow drummer) Billy English and another band member, Thomas Ray Hawkins, received minor injuries.

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