‘Dancing With the Stars’ Tour Bus Involved in Fatal Crash During Winter Storm
A crash involving a “Dancing With the Stars” tour bus left one person dead and a number injured.
The crash happened during a 70-vehicle pileup on the interstate en route to Ames, Iowa, on Monday, Feb. 5.
It’s not clear who was on the bus, but a number of professional dancers from the show are on the tour: Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Artem Chigvinstev, Sharna Burgess, Gleb Savchenko, Lindsay Arnold, and Alan Bersten.
They’re joined by troupe members Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert, Brandon Armstrong, and Sasha Farber.
“One of the tour buses transporting cast and crew of ‘Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up The Night’ was involved in a multi-car accident this afternoon due to bad weather while en route to Ames, Iowa,” a social media post from the show reads. “All cast and crew members are fine, with some recovering from minor injuries.”
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! REGARDING TONIGHT’S SHOW IN AMES, IOWA: One of the tour buses transporting cast and crew of “Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up The Night” was involved in a multi-car accident this afternoon due to bad weather while en route to Ames, Iowa. All cast and crew members are fine, with some recovering from minor injuries. 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. 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. Information regarding rescheduling and/or refunds will be available soon.
The show on Monday night in Ames was canceled as a result of the crash, with refunds or rescheduling offered for fans affected.
The huge pileup forced officials to close I-35 northbound and southbound near Ames, reported the Des Moines Register.
The crash length was so long that at you couldn’t see one end from the other.
— USA TODAY Weather (@usatodayweather) February 5, 2018
Besides one death, three to five people were seriously injured and rushed to nearby hospitals.
“It’s a mess,” Sgt. Nathan Ludwig, a spokesman for Iowa State Patrol, said. “They’re trying to get everyone to slow down.”
The Iowa Department of Transportation noted on Twitter that as of 6:20 p.m., both directions of I-35 had reopened.