WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Country music star HARDY is recovering from significant injuries after his tour bus crashed on Interstate 40 early Sunday morning.
The 32-year-old country artist, whose real name is Michael Wilson Hardy, was one of the passengers on the bus when it crashed in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 just after 2:30 a.m. at mile marker 223 in Wilson County, near the Davidson County line.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 2009 Prevost Tour Bus veered off the roadway and overturned on its left side. The report states that HARDY, alongside another 32-year-old passenger, was injured in the crash.
The 59-year-old bus driver, of Gallatin, also received serious injuries and remains in the hospital receiving treatment with family by his side. In a statement, HARDY said the team is “pulling and praying for him.”
In a Twitter post, HARDY stated the crash occurred while he was traveling back home after performing at the Country Thunder Bristol at the Bristol Speedway on Saturday night.
“Following last night’s show our tour bus was in a crash on the way home from Bristol,” said HARDY, “There were just four of us, including myself on the tour bus, however, we were all treated for significant injuries.”
The singer stated to fans that he had been released from the hospital, but doctors have ordered him “to recover for the next few weeks which may cost us a couple of shows.”
Tractor-trailer driver, John Baxter drove by the scene heading the opposite direction minutes after the crash happened, before first responders arrived.
“I obviously naturally wondered what happened and thought I’d pull up the news the next day when I got up and I saw it was the country singer, HARDY,” Baxter said.
Baxter told News 2 he had never heard of HARDY before, but has seen many tragedies on the road throughout his 30-plus year career as a tractor-trailer driver.
“The first thing in my mind whenever I see these accidents, you wonder how it happened,” Baxter said. “I’ve seen cars cut off, buses, trucks, could it have been a blown steer tire, things like that, so I hope they find out what happened and that they’re all okay.”
Hardy, who has had several Billboard Hot 100 singles including “One Beer” and “Give Heaven Some Hell,” is a featured special guest on Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous Tour. Wallen and Hardy are expected to perform on October 8 at the Global Life Field in Arlington, Texas.