While traveling to Ames, Iowa, to perform the 34th show of their nationwide tour, the cast of the “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” tour was involved in a 19-car pileup.
A source told People that some of the cast and crew suffered minor injuries, but that everyone was doing “okay,” despite initially feeling a bit “rattled” after the accident.
Earlier, People reported that the DWTS cast members believed to be on the bus were Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Arnold’s husband Sam Cusick, Jenna Johnson, Jordan Fisher, Hayley Erbert, Gleb Savchenko, Sharna Burgess, Frankie Muniz, Artem Chigvintsev, Alan Bersten, and Keo Motsepe.
Derek Hough, who’s dating Hayley Erbert, took to Instagram to say how thankful he was that his friends were safe:Derek Hough/Instagram
Slater and Farber, who are engaged to be married, did the same:Sasha Farber/Instagram
According to Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Nathan Ludwig, three cars had pulled off onto the shoulder of I-80 near Poweshiek County when a semi-truck hit one of the cars, causing the multi-car accident, People reports.
Sergeant Ludwig said that the wreckage resulted in four people sustaining injuries and one casualty.
Twenty-one-year-old Josephina Mae Buffington was confirmed as the woman who lost her life in the accident. As Ludwig noted, Buffington wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those aged 1 to 54 in the United States. In 2015, 22,441 people died in car accidents and more than half of people aged 13 to 44 that died were unrestrained at the time of the accident.DWTS Tour/Instagram
As a result of the accident, the DWTS cast and crew were forced to cancel Monday’s show but were able to pick up where they left off on Tuesday night performing their show in Rockford, Illinois, according to the show’s Instagram.
Just like Slater said on his Instagram, “[I]t’s difficult to feel overly positive when there are so many people less fortunate than us,” but their hearts go “out to all who [were] involved and most definitely to all the service men and women who were on the scene almost immediately helping out everyone trapped in their vehicles.”