A female stunt driver died on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver after a motorcycle stunt went terribly wrong, the Vancouver Police Department announced Monday.
While the driver remains unnamed, she reportedly lost control of her motorcycle after driving off a ramp at nearly 4o mph, crashing into a post and through the ground-level windows of a nearby building, Global News reported. The fatal accident came after four previous successful practice runs at the stunt, according to a production team member. Deadpool 2 was the stunt driver’s first movie appearance, according to Deadline.
“People were running on the sidewalk, the motorcycle comes flying across the street, looks like from a ramp because it was in the air,” a witness told Global News. “[The rider was] standing on the bike, slams into that building, clearly hit and out-of-control and clearly not planned.”
A stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle. VPD & @WorkSafeBC investigators are at the scene.
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) August 14, 2017
The movie set reportedly had “two full days of rehearsals over the weekend, and on Monday, they ran the stunt at least five times before filming,” a film crew member told Deadline.
An ambulance arrived on the scene soon after the crash and medical responders lifted the driver into the vehicle, only for the ambulance to leave 45 minutes later without flashing its lights or sirens.
“We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of ‘Deadpool 2’ this morning,” 20th Century Fox said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”
— Jordan Armstrong (@jarmstrongbc) August 14, 2017
The Vancouver police stayed on the scene to investigate the accident, taping off a large section of the street around Shaw Tower, the building into which the driver crashed.
“We have five officers on site and two are looking at immediate occupational safety and health issues to make sure the site is safe,” Trish Knight Chernecki, senior manager for WorkSafeBC, told Deadline. “The other three officers on site are investigating the cause of the incident and the prevention of future incidents.”
Deadpool 2 stars actor Ryan Reynolds and has been filming in Vancouver since June. It is the sequel to the widely popular 2016 film that grossed more than $350 million in the U.S. alone. Filming for the movie stopped after the accident and there has been no announcement as to whether or when it will resume.
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