Monday 22 January 2018

Stunt driver dies after motorcycle crash on Deadpool 2 movie set

A police officer examines a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie
A police officer examines a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Police officers investigate after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ramps for a motorcycle stunt are seen on the steps outside the Vancouver Convention Centre while police officers investigate after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
A police officer examines a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
A police officer stands by a motorcycle that was righted after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
A police officer photographs a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Deadpool cast (PA)
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A female stunt driver has died after a motorcycle crash on a set for the movie Deadpool 2 in Vancouver.

The driver's name was not immediately released.

Police officers investigate after a female stunt driver working on the movie
Police officers investigate after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Witness Sharmina Kermalli said she had just walked into a Starbucks next door to where the accident happened when she heard a loud crash. She ran out of the coffee shop and saw glass still falling on the body of the woman.

A crumpled motorcycle was seen lying on its side at the location of the accident near Vancouver's waterfront.

A police officer examines a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie
A police officer examines a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie "Deadpool 2" died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday Aug. 14, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Officers are at the scene and investigators with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workplace safety agency, are also looking into the crash.

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox said: "We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."

Deadpool cast (PA)
Deadpool cast (PA)

Deadpool, a Marvel Comics superhero, is played by Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds.

Another stuntman was fatally injured last month during production of The Walking Dead when he fell head-first onto concrete about 22 feet below after appearing to try to grab a railing to stop his fall.

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