Weezer Tour Bus Crash: Lead Singer Rivers Cuomo Injured
About 7:22 a.m. the vehicle struck ice and the driver lost control, police said. The vehicle mounted the median, then swerved back across the eastbound lanes, rammed a guardrail on the right shoulder and crashed into a ditch alongside the roadway, police said.
Cuomo has a Twitter account, but has not Tweeted ever since the incident. However, Patrick Wilson, the band's drummer, posted a Tweet saying, "It was perfect conditions for black ice. Got loose going towards the meridian, driver saves it but bus goes thru guardrail into 6ft ditch."
There was also a statement published on Weezer's MySpace fanpage. The band thanked the driver of the tour bus for controlling the situation, saying "surely this story would have been far more tragic if not for his actions." But, the damage from the chaotic accident was described as "severe." Here is the band's version of what happened during the accident:
The bus contained Rivers, his wife and daughter, their nanny, and Rivers' assistant Sarah. Both Sarah and Rivers' wife were pitched out of their upper level bunks onto the floor 5 feet below. Somehow Rivers' wife was uninjured, but Sarah sustained 2 fractured ribs and a fractured lower vertebrae. The baby daughter was in her crib unit and was fine, as was the nanny who was sleeping near the floor in her bunk at the time. However in the back lounge, Rivers was tossed around violently, waking up as he landed back on his mattress. He recalled not hitting anything, but later we learned that he must have, as he cracked 3 ribs and sustained some mostly minor but very painful internal damage, as well as hurting his lower leg somehow.
The interior of the bus was a chaotic mess with broken glass, smashed glasses and plates, food and clothing items strewn everywhere, as well as the refrigerator flying off the wall and many drawers coming right out of their slots, spewing their contents everywhere. On top of it the sliding interior doors were fused shut and the bus's electronics were ruined, so no one could get into the back lounge where Rivers lay immobile and unable to speak due to the pain in his ribcage. To top it off, the front door was jammed shut with 5 feet of heavy wet mud up pressed against it so there was no way to leave the bus.
The photos from the incident were posted on the band's MySpace account. To see the photos go here.