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'Dancing with the Stars' pro Mark Ballas sidelined for season 19 by car crash?

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Mark Ballas, one of the hottest professional dancers on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars," was hospitalized on Monday following a serious car accident in Los Angeles. According to a post on Mercury News on June 17, the dancer examined at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The 28-year-old singer/dancer was allegedly getting ready to make a right turn when he was hit from behind by a speeding car. At the scene, Ballas complained of back pain and whiplash and was transported to the hospital. There, he was examined, given medication for pain and released.

Ballas’s vehicle had to be towed from the scene. The driver of the other vehicle along with 4 passengers claimed it was Ballas who had caused the accident. A witness at the scene told police the rear vehicle had been speeding and that Ballas had not caused the accident.

Though “Dancing with the Stars” is on break right now, Ballas keeps a busy schedule. He is scheduled to appear later this week with “DWTS” cast mate and his BFF, Derek Hough when the two perform in their musical group, Ballas Hough Band. It is unknown if the injuries from the car crash will keep Ballas offstage for the performance or not.

The young hoofer dislocated his shoulder earlier this year during a “Dancing with the Stars” rehearsal just before the season 18 finale. It was the second time he sustained such an injury. His left shoulder was dislocated during the 2007 finale of the show, too.

Will whiplash and back pain sideline the dancer for season 19? It is hard to say. Whiplash can have lasting effects but given the pro’s dedication to his craft, it seems likely he will overcome it and perform again.

Ballas has not been named as one of the pros for the upcoming season. That announcement won’t be made until September when cast announcements for season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars” are made. Fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that the two-time mirror ball trophy winner makes a full recovery and graces the ballroom again in the fall.

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