SEOUL - The death of a singer from the K-pop girl group Ladies' Code and serious injuries suffered by two others have sent the community into mourning.
EunB, 22, whose real name is Koh Eun Bi, was killed after the minivan carrying the group suddenly went out of control and crashed into a guard rail at 1.32am yesterday along a highway near Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, her entertainment agency said yesterday.
She was taken to a nearby hospital, but died despite efforts to save her.
Shocked at the tragic news, Jaehyo of boy band Block B tweeted: "May she rest in peace. It breaks my heart. I will pray for the fast recovery of the rest of the (injured) people."
Gyuri of girl group Kara also wrote on Twitter: "I don't know what to say… May she rest in peace."
Another group member, Kwon RiSe, is reportedly in critical condition. She underwent 11 hours of surgery, but this was stopped when her condition deteriorated.
Her agency, Polaris Entertainment, was quoted as saying that "RiSe's surgery was stopped due to her low blood pressure".
It is believed she suffered severe head injuries.
A third singer, Sojung, is also badly injured, but her injuries are "reportedly not as serious as RiSe's".
According to a statement released by Polaris Entertainment, the five-member group had been travelling with their manager and stylist from Daegu to Seoul in bad weather. The accident occurred when one of the van's rear wheels fell off, causing the vehicle to spin several times before crashing into the guard rail.
The other two group members, Ashley and Zuny, and the manager and stylist were not seriously injured.
Ladies' Code released their debut album in March last year. They released a new single, Kiss, Kiss, last month.