From staff reports
DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - A bus carrying crew members of pop star Miley Cyrus' tour overturned this morning, killing one person and closing Interstate 85 at mile marker 55 for several hours.
The driver of the bus, William G. Douglas, 53, of Austin, Texas died at the scene.
Marty Zilio, 48, of Canada, was injured in the crash. Zilio was transported by ambulance to Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg for treatment of minor injuries.
All lanes are now open on I-85 south at mile marker 55. Expect residual delays.
Cyrus, known for her teenage TV show "Hannah Montana," was not on board the bus at the time of the crash. There were between 10 and 15 passengers on the bus.
Police said the bus was traveling in the southbound lanes of I-85 when it ran off the left side of the road and overturned. The bus came to rest on its right side. Those on the bus were able to exit the vehicle through the front windshield.
According to a press agent for Cyrus, the bus belongs to Roberts Brothers Coach Co. and was hired for the Miley Cyrus tour. Those riding on the bus were part of her production crew. It was one of four buses traveling south on I-85 to Greensboro, N.C. Cyrus was not on the bus, nor traveling with the group at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash is under investigation at this time.
The Miley Cyrus website has the following statement addressing the accident:
"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 Cyrus Family
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