Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo was hospitalized Sunday morning after a tour bus crash outside of Albany, NY, that left him with three cracked ribs, “minor but very painful internal damage,” and an injury to his lower leg, a band website post confirms.
In the detailed post, the band’s confidant/webmaster Karl Koch wrote that Cuomo’s assistant Sarah Kim fractured a lower vertebrae and two ribs, while the driver and the bus’ other passengers — Cuomo’s wife, two-year-old daughter, her nanny– were not injured.
As a photo proves (see below), Cuomo, who was sleeping in back of the bus when it hit black ice on the New York State Thruway, fishtailed, and jumped the guardrail into a muddy ditch, was trapped in the back of the bus and unable to speak due to his injuries. The EMTS used the “jaws of life” to cut open the bus and free the singer/guitarist.
“I couldn’t believe what was happening in front of me, as Rivers lay so helpless, shivering in the center of the chaos,” wrote Koch, who was riding in another bus which pulled up to the scene 20 minutes after the crash. “I don’t know how to describe the wave of awfulness that gripped me as I watched, but adrenalin took over and the next thing I knew I was in the passenger seat of an ambulance transporting Rivers and Sarah to the hospital in Amsterdam, NY, about 10 miles from there.”
According to the post, Cuomo has been “transported to a larger area hospital where he remains under observation. He is resting about as comfortably as could be expected now, and we were relieved to hear that surgery is unlikely.”
In response to the wreck, the remainder of Weezer’s December tour behind their latest album, Raditude, have been canceled. The band hopes to reschedule, but currently no ticket or refund info is available.