Bus Mishap Puts Lloyd Banks Out To Pasture

No injuries reported; rapper gets to the show on time.

Lloyd Banks found himself in a cow pasture late Sunday night, following a bus accident in West Virginia.

The rapper was on his way to perform at Bethany College when his tour bus slipped off the right side of Route 88 between West Liberty and Bethany, West Virginia. The bus, which was carrying Banks and 25 other people, skidded off the road and into a cow pasture before coming to rest precariously perched on a hill.

"The bus was in a very dangerous position where it could have capsized at any time. West Virginia is known for its rolling hills, so it was a pretty steep hill," said Brooke County deputy Steve Seminsky, who was on the scene. "The road he was on is a very twisty, wind-y road. You know those crotch-rocket motorcycles? They have a habit of using that road to do their little thing."

No one was injured in the accident, and no cause has been determined, though deputy Seminsky had his own ideas.

"You know when you're driving down the road, and you just have your head up your butt?" he said. "You're not paying attention for whatever reason, and your tire might just sink off the side of the road."

Though not injured, Banks and his fellow travelers were loaded into the back of ambulances from West Liberty and Bethany and rushed to Bethany College in order to make their concert. After the show, they hired a limousine from Pittsburgh to take them to a hotel in nearby Weirton, West Virginia. The Brooke County Sheriffs Department, working with a local towing company and the farmer who owned the cow pasture, removed Banks' tour bus from the hill.

"We had heavy-duty specialty towing equipment, and with the help of the farmer — he got his four-wheel-drive tractor out — they drug the bus sideways and got it to the roadside edge," Dept. Seminsky said. "They couldn't bring it up to the roadway, [so] they had to tear down [the farmer's] fence and get it out of his pasture. The accident happened at about 9:20 p.m., and they got it out at about 4:20 a.m. We're good here."

For a full-length feature on Lloyd Banks, check out "Lloyd Banks: Nipping At 50 Cent's Heels."