Swollen Members Tour Bus Struck By Train, No Casualties

Early Tuesday morning (December 15), Canadian hip-hop act Swollen Members’ tour bus—nicknamed “The Black Pearl”—was hit by a train in Colorado Springs, Colorado while traveling back from Canada.

The National Post reported that all members of the group were not onboard at the time, as they had traveled ahead by plane before the accident occurred. Unfortunately, the group’s road manager, BJ Smith, and three roadies were on the bus when it got stuck on the tracks due to being high centered.

All the passengers were able to escape before the train barreled through the bus. “Everything happened so fast we didn’t have time to do anything but get off the bus,” said Smith in a statement. “From the time the bus got stuck, to the second the train impacted it, was under three minutes.”

Smith continued, “As soon as we heard the railway barrier go down we could hear a train was coming, so we literally had 45 seconds to get off the bus and get as far out of the way as possible. If anyone else would have been on the bus with us they would have been dead because there wouldn’t have been enough time to wake them up and get off the bus.”

Upon hearing about the accident, Swollen Member MC Prevail said, “The spot where the train impacted was where we would have been sleeping if we had we been on the bus. It’s scary to think how fragile life can be when something like this happens.” —Amber McKynzie

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  • Prototype81

    Now how the hell do you let your tour bus get hit by a train. i smell insurance scam, stupidity, or publicity stunt (which also equates to stupidity). one of the above. amazing.

    • Worm187


  • Caino

    wow close call, put the joint down!!!

  • gift

    talk about a close call. I just have one question now that we know they’re ok. What kind of fuckin name is SWOLLEN MEMBERS?
    Just sayin.

  • HU


  • http://blah blag

    as opposed to what?? all the other brilliant rap names like Gucci Mane?

    • js416

      yee i agree what clever names can u name in hip hop right now that dont include a “lil” (lil wayne doesnt count he been around long enough)

  • Ladykilla

    haha yee fareeal, ..my momz use ta jam ta dem swollen members bwoys ..i aiint realy herd alot ah they shiite or nun but thas wussup ..noone got hurt, i have seen them round vancity couple times & i got sum hommies say they cool peoples.
    check them canadian artist out ..ya’ll be lovin drake ..check out ya boy classified one’a tha best white mcee’s ..j-bru, ghetto child, quake, point blank, JB.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com REAL DA ICEBERG

    blag says:

    as opposed to what?? all the other brilliant rap names like Gucci Mane?