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Two members of K-pop band iKON injured in DUI car accident

All Headlines 17:02 July 14, 2020

SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- Two members of K-pop group iKON sustained minor injuries after a vehicle they were riding was involved in an accident, according to police Tuesday.

Police said a van carrying iKON singers Ju-ne and Jinhwan skidded and crashed on the side of a rainy highway in Namhae, South Gyeongsang Province, at 3:40 a.m. on Monday.

The car was driven by a non-celebrity acquaintance of the two singers. A breath test revealed that the person was intoxicated while driving.

Seen in this photo is a van which carried Ju-ne and Jinhwan, singers of K-pop group iKON, after crashing on the side of a rainy highway in Namhae-gun, South Gyeongsang Province, at 3:40 a.m. on July 13, 2020. Photo was provided by an eye witness. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The three received treatment at a local hospital after sustaining light injuries, officials said.

The driver was placed under investigation after it was revealed that he had consumed alcohol before driving. Police are also looking into whether the two singers abetted the person to drive under the influence of alcohol.

YG Entertainment, the management company of iKON, issued a statement of apology and pledged to conduct an internal investigation into the accident.

"We are deeply troubled and feel a grave sense of responsibility from the occurrence of such an accident. We sincerely apologize," the company said.

iKON debuted in 2015 with the digital single "My Type" and become hugely popular with "Love Scenario," the main track off its second studio album "Return," in early 2018.

The group later fell out of the spotlight after member B.I departed last year over allegations that he bought illegal drugs in 2016. iKON dropped its third EP album "i DECIDE" in February, its first release after the departure of B.I.

A file photo of iKON singer Ju-ne speaking to reporters at a press conference held at CGV Cheongdam theater in southern Seoul on Oct. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

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