Virginia State Police report that one person was killed Friday morning when a tour bus belonging to Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus overturned. The 16-year-old singer was not onboard, The Associated Press reports.
According to Sgt. Thomas Molnar, the bus crashed around 8:15 A.M. on Interstate 85, 40 miles outside Richmond, VA. People reports that it was the bus driver Bill Douglas who died. Recordings of 911 calls obtained by TMZ, show that the 53-year-old driver may have been suffering from a cardiac arrest, which would explain why the bus drifted off the road for a long stretch before overturning.
In a post to her website, Cyrus addressed the tragedy:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bill ‘Uncle Bill’ Douglas,” read the statement. “Members of our tour are like members of our family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in the midst of this tragedy. He will truly be missed.”
A source from the Dinwiddie, VA, Fire and EMS has told TMZ that the bus had been carrying Cyrus’ concert production crew, while a rep for the singer said there were 14 passengers onboard. “It was one of our tour buses, but not Miley’s,” the pop star’s manager said. “It was one of our buses that transported our lighting crew.” One other passenger was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Cyrus’ concert scheduled for Sunday in Greensboro, NC, will not be canceled, and the singer will tour throughout the Southern U.S. into December.
Cyrus — the daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus — is currently supporting her latest release, The Time of Our Lives EP. Its lead single, “Party in the U.S.A.,” has become Cyrus’ highest charting single, debuting in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, released in late August, is currently in the No. 8 position.
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