Lil Wayne RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL After Skateboarding Accident

8/22/2011 6:11 AM PDT

Lil Wayne Rushed to the Hospital After Skateboarding Accident

Lil Wayne needed 9 stitches to close a bloody wound over his left eye last night ... after crashing HARD at a skateboard park in St. Louis.

Weezy was treated at a local hospital -- and one witness told a local TV station the rapper was accompanied by several members of his entourage. According to the hospital, Wayne was treated and released.

Wayne seems to be doing OK -- because he was already tweeting about the crash this morning ... calling the injury a "gnarly gash."