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Accident Kills One And Injures Five During Filming

Published: Tue 11 Apr 2000 11:30 AM
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Accident Kills One And Injures Five During 2nd Unit Filming Of 'Proof Of Life'
TO BUSINESS, ENTERTAINMENT AND FOREIGN EDITORS:
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 10 RNewswire-AsiaNet/ -- An accident during 2nd unit filming of "Proof of Life" resulted in one fatality and five injuries on Sunday, April 9 at 8:15 AM outside of Quito, Ecuador. Fatally injured was actor David Morse's stand-in and photo double, Will Gaffney.
The film's director, Taylor Hackford stated, "We are all deeply pained by the tragic loss of Will Gaffney and the production is doing everything possible for his wife and family."
Hackford continued, "There are many stunts in this picture and those shots are always performed by qualified stuntmen. This was not a stunt, simply an ordinary driving shot of a truck going less than 15 mph on a mountain road. The weather and circumstances were perfect. No one, at this time, has any idea what happened other than to say it was a freak accident." Trained first aid practitioners were on the set and revived one of the injured passengers, but Mr. Gaffney did not respond to CPR treatment. None of the film's principal actors were involved in the mishap.
The production began filming in Ecuador in early March and has been shooting in Quito and outlying cities for the last month.
ENDS

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