Singers tour bus involved in crash and fire.
Country music band Lady Antebellum’s tour bus caught fire on Interstate 30 in Garland Thursday morning, en route from Nashville to DFW for the American Country Music Awards at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, officials said. The bus was transporting bandmember singer Hillary Scott, her husband and her tour manager when it blew a tire, according to her post on social media. “Our bus tire caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly,” she posted. “Everyone is safe and sound.”
All four onboard were able to escape the fire without injury. “It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver,” Scott posted. “Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe.”
Garland Fire Department Captain Billy Craven said everyone on the bus was fortunate that the driver acted quickly. “As soon as he realized that he had a fire, he didn’t hesitate to get everyone off and then call 911,” he said.
Publicist Mary Hilliard said the bus is not Scott’s usual bus. She did not say why Scott’s usual bus was unavailable. As of 9:45 a.m., authorities said it would take crews three to four hours to clean the wreckage. Only one or two lanes of westbound I-30 will be open near Bass Pro Drive while the scene is cleared.