By Benjamin Svetkey
Updated May 06, 2009 at 05:37 AM EDT

EW’s Whitney Pastorek reports from the set of American Idol that rumors of an accident this evening are indeed true. At the start of dress rehearsals, stage manager Debbie Williams fell from the top of a flight of stairs, dangled from a railing, and dropped to the floor. Paramedics were called, and Williams, an integral part of the AI production team, was rushed to the hospital. A crew member says that Williams badly cut her leg and may have injured her hand, although apparently there are no broken bones. Fox, meanwhile, has released an official statement: “During rehearsal today a crew member had a mishap on the set and was immediately taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.” (Reporting by Whitney Pastorek and Michael Ausiello)