Miley Cyrus Tour Bus Overturns, Driver Killed; Teen Star Not On Board

Posted by Regina on November 20th, 2009

A tour bus driver for the Miley Cyrus concert tour was killed this morning in a highway accident in southern Virginia, police said. See video on jump. UPDATE: MILEY RELEASES STATEMENT ON JUMP

UPDATE, 11/20, 4:55PM:  The driver has been identified by authorities as William G. Douglas, 53, of Austin, Texas.

Here’s Miley’s statement from her Web site:

    “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bill “Uncle Bill” Douglas. 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.”

The bus ran off the left side of Interstate 85, about 40 miles southwest of Richmond, struck an embankment and overturned, said Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar. The accident occurred around 8:15 a.m. in Dinwiddie County and nine people including some from the tour’s production crew were on the bus when it overturned. One other person was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Surviving passengers exited the bus through the front windshield.

A wrecker arrived late this morning to haul away the black and maroon luxury tour bus, which was on its side in a ditch off the highway where it had apparently skidded for several hundred feet.

The bus was one of four traveling together after the singer’s stint Wednesday and Thursday in Long Island, N.Y. The group was heading to Greensboro, N.C., where she is scheduled to perform Sunday. Cyrus was not traveling with the group at the time of the crash, authorities said.

Category: Celebrity Accidents, Celebrity Deaths, Miley Cyrus