Willie Nelson suspends tour after band members hurt in bus crash

Willie Nelson at 80

Credit: David Gardner / KVUE

Willie Nelson and family celebrated his 80th birthday with a family concert near Austin to benefit the West and Abbott fire departments on April 28, 2013.

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Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 2:49 PM

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Singer Willie Nelson has suspended performances until next month after three of his band members were hurt when their bus plowed into a bridge pillar in East Texas during rainy conditions.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Nelson was not aboard in the weather-related accident around 3:30 a.m. CST Saturday on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

Nelson spokeswoman Elaine Schock said Paul English broke his ankle; his brother Billy English suffered a bruised hip; and Tom Harkin has a cracked or bruised rib.

Nelson postponed his four remaining November tour dates: Robinsonville and Jackson, Miss.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Lafayette, La.

Trooper Sylvia Jennings said seven people were on the westbound bus, including the driver, who was dealing with wet roads and high winds.

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