Country singer John Montgomery can write songs about more than broken hearts and broken pickups, after a Friday accident. The musician may now sing about the broken ribs he suffered after his tour bus overturned on I-75 near Jellico, North Carolina.
“Yesterday we had a serious accident on the way to a concert in North Carolina,” the 57-year-old musician stated in a Facebook post. “Everyone that was on the bus is recovering from their injuries. Despite some cuts and broken ribs, I am doing well.”
The country-western artist added he expects to recover in a couple of weeks, then return to touring. He thanked the medics and highway cops who responded to the scene of the accident.
“Thanks to everyone for their concerns,” Montgomery concluded.
Among his many hits, the artist has topped the Hot Country Songs chart seven times, according to Billboard. His most recent No. 1 single was his 2000 release, “The Little Girl.” His 1994 album “Kickin’ It Up” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s albums chart.
The other people injured when the tour bus overturned in Jellico, Tenn., are William Salyer of Staffordsville, Ky., and Marc Wood of Frankfort, Ky.
Montgomery’s 2001 Prevost Featherlite bus was traveling south of Jellico on Interstate 75 when it veered off the road, according to a Tenn. Highway Patrol report. Police said the bus overturned after striking an embankment. Salyer was the only passenger reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.
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