AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Five members of a popular summer musical production held each year in the Texas Panhandle have been killed in an early morning auto accident.
Officials say members of "Texas," held at Palo Duro Canyon State Park south of Amarillo, were returning from an end-of-the-year party Tuesday morning when they were involved in a two-vehicle wreck.
The accident happened on U.S. 287 near Dumas (DOO'-mus), about 40 miles north of Amarillo.
Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Executive Director Kris Miller says 4 of the dead were dancers in the production while the fifth worked in the box office. He says a sixth member was injured and is in surgery.
The foundation produces the musical, which draws up to 65,000 spectators each summer. The last performance of the summer was scheduled for Saturday.
The Amarillo Globe-News is reporting the names of the victims according to DPS: Clinton Diaz of Amarillo; Andrew Duncan of Wichita Falls; Amanda Starz of Timonium, Md.; Julian Arredondo of Haltom; and Eric Harrison of Fort Worth.
Representatives from the Texas musical released this statement on Tuesday:
The TEXAS Musical Family has suffered a tragic loss. Earlier this morning, 6 of our cast members were involved in an accident north of Amarillo. There were 5 fatalities.
The Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation is devastated and our heart goes out to the families of these young loved members of our TEXAS Family.
No details are available at this time and we respectively request your understanding that this is a developing situation.
The Tuesday night, scheduled performance of TEXAS has been cancelled.
Further statements will be available at the appropriate time.