Jewel’s Bus Driver Passes Out at Wheel, Crashes Into Ditch

A bus carrying Jewel’s band crashed into a ditch after a show in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sunday night (Aug. 31) when the driver passed out. No injuries were reported. Jewel posted a blog entry on her MySpace page about the accident, saying that one of her band members was getting a Diet Coke requested by the driver when the bus crashed into a grassy ditch between the interstate lanes. However, the bus, which was also carrying a trailer, did not flip. The band members returned to Nashville on buses belonging to the other artists on the tour, including Brad Paisley, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough. Jewel and her husband, Ty Murray, flew home after the show and were not with her band at the time of the accident. Paisley also flew home after the show, and many of Jewel’s band members were able to board his nearly empty bus.