A tour bus of the show “Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night” was involved in a multiple-vehicle accident in Ames, Iowa that killed one and injured five others.
The crash, which involved more than 50 vehicles on I-35, occurred around noon Monday amid hazardous conditions brought about by a massive snowstorm.
A 21-year-old woman, Josephina Mae Buffington, died in the massive vehicle pileup. She was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened.
Following the crash, a spokesperson for “Dancing with the Stars” released a statement, sharing that the cast and crew of the show who were in the bus were fine and are recovering from minor injuries.
Due to the accident, the show, which was set to happen in Ames, has been cancelled. “Given this unforeseen accident, and the fact that the safety and health of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance, tonight’s show at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA has been cancelled,” said the show’s representative. “To anyone involved in the accident, the entire cast sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery, and their deepest apologies to all of the fans who have been waiting to see the show tonight.”
The “Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night” tour features celebrities Jordan Fisher and Frankie Munoz, along with professional dancers Sharna Burgess, Jenna Johnson, Alan Bersten, and Hayley Erbert, among others.
Prior to the accident, Munoz had tweeted about the bad weather in the area. “Riding in the bus on our way to the show tonight in Ames, Iowa, looking out the window at the snow covered ground in this crazy blizzard,” he said in a tweet.
The massive pile-up is only one of the numerous road accidents that happened in Iowa on Monday because of the snowstorm. According to Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig, seven people had been killed in Iowa roads in a day, as troopers responded to 185 accidents across the state.