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Vehicle Crash: Willie Nelson’s band bus hits pillar on I-30

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Three people traveling on Willie Nelson’s tour bus were injured early Saturday morning when the bus struck an overpass pillar on Interstate 30 just east of Sulphur Springs. Singer Nelson was not on the bus at the time, but, according to his website, has suspended his tour indefinitely.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s dispatchers at 2:27 a.m. received an anonymous 911 call reporting a crash of a tour bus on Interstate 30 with major damage, and possibly four entrapments. Local Department of Public Safety troopers were contacted due to the fact the crash was on the interstate and a tour bus was involved. Deputies, Sulphur Springs firemen and Hopkins County EMS were also dispatched to assist. The road was shut down temporarily, with traffic directed away from the crash while officials worked at the scene until 5:11 a.m. The bus was towed away, according to Hopkins County sheriff’s reports.

The driver of Nelson’s tour bus told troopers at the site that he had been struggling through heavy rain and high winds. He lost control of the bus, which went off I-30 and crashed into a U.S. Highway 67 bridge pillar, according to DPS Public Information Trooper Sylvia Jennings. The front passenger side of the tour bus was smashed.

There were six people on the bus, including the driver. Three band members were taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where Billy Gene English and Thomas Hawkins were treated for minor injuries, the usual bumps and bruises associated with a crash, and released. Long-time band member Robert English, however, was being treated for a broken hip, according to Jennings.

According to Nelson’s website, he and the band were scheduled to play at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Miss., Saturday. However, late Saturday morning, the front page of Wilson’s website stated, “This year’s Willie Nelson tour has been suspended indefinitely. We will post more when it becomes available.”

 

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