LEBANON, Ind. — A tour bus for Oklahoma country singer Toby Keith has caught fire on a highway near Indianapolis, though the singer wasn’t on board and no one was injured, reports the Associated Press.
Boone County sheriff’s deputies say Keith wasn’t on the bus when the fire started Monday around 4:45 a.m. on Interstate 65. The fire forced police to close the highway’s southbound lanes for a couple hours about 15 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
Authorities say the bus that caught fire was among three tour buses traveling together after Keith’s concert Sunday night in Chicago. The fire left the back of the bus charred. The cause of the blaze wasn’t immediately known.
Keith, who was born in Clinton, raised in Moore and now lives in Norman, is scheduled to perform next at his Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert on Saturday at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Along with Keith, the sold-out benefit show will feature performances by Owasso residents Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Mel Tillis and John Anderson. In addition, Checotah native Carrie Underwood will give a special performance via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.
Net proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
For more information and updates, go to www.tobykeith.com.
On Friday, look for the first part of my interview with Toby about the benefit show.