“Texas” Musical Cast Member Who Survived Deadly Crash Improves

AMARILLO (August 25, 2013)—Timothy Johnson, 30, of Portland, Ore., who survived a crash that killed five other cast and crew members of the popular Panhandle summer musical “Texas” is now listed in satisfactory condition at Northwest Texas Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Johnson and the other five cast and crew members were returning from an end-of-the-year party earlier this month when they were involved in the two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 287 near Dumas, about 40 miles north of Amarillo.

The driver of the vehicle in which the six cast members were riding was turning onto U.S. 287 when he pulled into the path of the oncoming 18-wheeler, authorities said.

Johnson was the lone survivor among the six cast members who were riding in the car.

The other five people, four dancers and a box office worker, were killed.

They were identified as Clinton Diaz of Amarillo, who DPS said was the driver; Andrew Duncan of Wichita Falls; Amanda Starz of Timonium, Md.; Julian Arredondo of Haltom; and Eric Harrison of Fort Worth.

The driver of the 18-wheeler that hit the car, Theron Arthur McSay of Fort Collins, Colo., was also injured.

He was released from the hospital last week.

Authorities said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and said investigators found empty alcohol containers in the wreckage of the car in which the cast members were riding.

The musical draws as many as 65,000 spectators each summer to Palo Duro Canyon State Park.