A vehicle carrying five-member girl group Ladies’ Code crashed into a guardrail on a freeway near Seoul around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Go Eun-bi, better known by her stage name, EunB, was killed. Other passengers, including members of the group and their support staff were hospitalized. K-pop acts such as Infinite and Dal Shabet have been injured in recent months while riding in company vehicles. Few of the incidents have involved other cars, according to local media reports. The vehicle for Ladies’ Code was on its way back to Seoul on a rainy night after a performance in Daegu, around 150 miles away. The drive takes about two and a half hours assuming the speed wasn’t above the legal limit of 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour). Fans on Twitter paid tribute using hashtag #RIPEunB, which became No. 1 on worldwide trends on Wednesday.
A second member of the South Korean band Ladies’ Code died from injuries sustained from a motor accident, her management said Sunday. Kwon Ri-sae, 23, died Sunday morning at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She had been unconscious after undergoing hours of emergency brain surgery following Wednesday’s accident, according to Polaris Entertainment agency spokeswoman Kim Eun-kyung. Police suspect that the van driver may have been speeding on the wet road to meet a tight schedule. The National Forensic Service is currently investigating the accident. Inspector Lee Ho-dong said the police will call in the driver, who was treated for a mild injury, for more questioning. Another member of the five-member group fractured her jaw and two others suffered minor injuries. Ladies’ Code debuted last year.
Ladies code will be disbanding.