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Latin star 'on road to recovery'

Emilio Navaira
Navaira won the 2003 Grammy for best Tejano album

US folk star Emilio Navaira is showing signs of recovery after an horrific road accident, his surgeon has said.

Navaira suffered severe brain injuries when his tour bus crashed in Texas on the way back from a gig on Sunday.

"I feel optimistic that he will not die," Dr Alex Valadka said at a news conference but warned the singer could "still take a turn for the worse".

The 45-year-old was behind the wheel of the bus when it crashed into barriers with six others on board.

He has already undergone two operations to reduce pressure from his brain at the Memorial Hermann hospital in Texas.

Intensive care

Dr Valadka said the singer faced a long recovery over several months if he survived.

He is expected to remain in the intensive care unit for up to two weeks.

The bus crashed in Bellaire, west of Houston, when Navaira and his band were travelling back to their homes in San Antonio after playing at a nightclub in south-east Houston.

The crashed bus on Interstate 610 northbound
Navaira and his band were on their way home after playing a gig

A Bellaire police spokesman said Navaira had been thrown through the windshield and had then landed on the road.

He said their initial inquiries showed that Navaira was not licensed to drive the bus.

They are also trying to find out whether Navaira had been drinking before the accident, which took place at about 0500 local time (1000 GMT) on Sunday.

Five of Navaira's six passengers were band members but all came away from the incident with less serious injuries.

In 2003, Navaira won the Grammy for best Tejano album, for Acuerdate.

Tejano is the name given to folk music made by Texans of Hispanic descent.


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