Dispatch met with field staff that participated in '2019 SBS Gayo Daejun' on the 25th and an official who witnessed Wendy's accident talked about the incident in detail.
The witness stated, "Wendy conducted her first rehearsal at 11:00am on the 25th on the main stage for her Aladdin OST "Speechless" sound test. The sound test went smoothly. The accident happened later during further rehearsals."
"Wendy climbed the second floor tunnel and prepared to walk down the stairs as prepared but the lift didn't go up. At that moment, she lost her balance and fell 2.5 meters down to the stage in a defenseless state."
"The two-story tunnel was dark and cramped. The stair lift wasn't ready when Wendy was rehearsing. We could've prevented the accident by just having marking tape at that location," he lamented.
"The accident scene turned into chaos. Immediately after the accident, Wendy was taken to the emergency room by ambulance as Red Velvet members looked on shocked by the news of Wendy's injury. Because of Wendy's absence, she wasn't able to participate in the pre-recording or the main broadcast."
SBS' insensitivity to the accident continued. The official stated. "After the accident, several groups went up to the second floor tunnel. After news of the accident spread, everyone had to perform with deep anxiety."
Wendy plans to focus on her recovery from the accident for the time being. She fractured her right pelvis and wrist and cracked her right cheekbone. She also suffered multiple bruises all over her body. It is expected that it will take months to recover. She's currently in a hospital in Seoul undergoing a thorough inspection. The swelling is so severe that it's impossible to give an accurate diagnosis.
In the meantime, Red Velvet will perform without Wendy on future promotions. Leader Irene will be MC at KBS 2TV's 'Daekchuje' on the 27th and Joy and Yeri will perform a unit stage on MBC's 'Gayo Daejun'.
Meanwhile, SBS is currently under deep criticism from viewers for its sloppy stage production each year. This year's accident and SBS' insensitivity has heightened the criticism. SBS is under fire for their attitude in handling the accident as they only gave a brief apology and moved forward with the broadcast.
sources: naver, dailynaver