Willie Nelson talks with reporters during a news conference prior to the start of the Farm Aid 2013 concert in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sept. 21. (AP Photo)
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — Singer Willie Nelson has suspended performances until December 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 sustained a cracked or bruised rib.
Nelson has 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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