Rapper Twista Injured In Van Crash

Chicago rapper Twista was hurt in an Erie, Pa., van crash that killed a member of his security staff, state police said.

Chicago rapper Twista was hurt in an Erie, Pa., van crash that killed a member of his security staff, state police said.

Twista, whose real name is Carl Mitchell, was treated and released from a hospital after the van in which he was riding veered off Interstate 90 just after 4 a.m. Monday and rolled over in the median.

Another man in the van, Arthur Dixon of Chicago, died after he was taken to a hospital. Five other men in the van were hurt, none seriously, police and hospital officials said.

The van was headed from Syracuse, N.Y., to Chicago when the crash happened, according to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook. No charges have been filed against the driver. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

A decision on whether to file charges won't be made until tomorrow at the earliest, said county District Attorney Brad Foulk, who declined to say what caused the accident.

"It's a miracle that any of them survived because all of them, except for the driver, were ejected onto the medial strip," Foulk said. The driver, identified by police as Otis Bankhead of Chicago, was the only person in the vehicle wearing a seat belt.

Twista had been scheduled to appear in Albany, N.Y. on Monday with LL Cool J, but the show the latter artist could be with his wife after surgery, according to the venue's Web site.

Twista is touring in support of his latest Atlantic album, "Kamikaze," which will be reissued in expanded form on Oct. 19. Current single "So Sexy" featuring R. Kelly is No. 8 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart.


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