At least 3 dead in weather-related Texas wreck

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Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Freezing rain and cold, wet weather contributed to several traffic accidents Saturday, including a tour bus hauling singer Willie Nelson's band, during wintry conditions in parts of Texas.

Three members of Nelson's band were hurt around 3:30 a.m. CST Saturday when their bus hit a bridge pillar on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs during rainy conditions, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Nelson was not onboard, according to Trooper Sylvia Jennings.

Elaine Schock, a spokeswoman for Nelson, said no one suffered serious injuries. Paul English broke his ankle and his brother, Billy English, suffered a bruised hip, according to Schock. Tom Hawkin has a cracked or bruised rib, she said.

Nelson's last four tour dates in November have been postponed, in Robinsonville and Jackson, Miss; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Lafayette, La. Nelson's tour resumes in December, Schock said.

Seven people were on the bus, including the driver, Jennings said.

"The bus was traveling west. The roads are wet. It's been raining in this area," Jennings said.

The bus driver was also dealing with high winds when he veered off a road and hit a bridge pillar, Jennings said. The driver was not hurt.

The bridge sustained minor damage. Traffic was briefly diverted from the accident site about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

A traffic accident involving nearly a dozen vehicles shortly before midnight Friday during freezing weather left three people dead and several hurt, DPS said. The wrecks happened on Interstate 40 in Oldham County just east of Vega, according to Sr. Trooper Chris Ray.

The crashes involved nine tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicles. One of the fatalities was a truck driver who exited his rig and was hit by a passenger vehicle, Ray said. Names of those who died were not immediately released.

"There was freezing rain in the area overnight," Ray said. A cold front moved into parts of Texas on Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of the Texas Panhandle until Monday morning. Forecasters say the Dallas-Fort Worth area is under a winter storm warning until Monday.

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