Major accidents that happened on movie and television sets


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Brandon Lee was shot in the abdomen with improperly-made dummy rounds on the set of 'The Crow' in 1993. Photo: AP

Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on set during filming of movie Rust on Thursday (Oct 21).

The entertainment industry has a long history of on-set accidents, from prop guns to car crashes and chariot races.

Below is a timeline of some high-profile accidents that took place on filming sets:

1959 - An accident occurs during the filming of the chariot race in the Hollywood epic Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, in which a stunt man is injured.

1982 - A helicopter crash kills three actors, two of them children, and injures six on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie. In the following years, the production team is found responsible for several labour violations, prompting the introduction of new safety standards in the industry.

Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the television series 'Cover Up'. Photo: APJon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the television series 'Cover Up'. Photo: AP

1984 - 26-year-old actor Jon-Erik Hexum fatally shoots himself in the head with a gun loaded with a blank on the set of television series Cover Up.

1993 - Brandon Lee, son of late martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, is shot in the abdomen with improperly-made dummy rounds on the set of The Crow. After six hours of unsuccessful surgery, Lee is declared dead at the age of 28.

2003 - Lead actress Uma Thurman has a car crash that crushes her knees and leaves her with a concussion on the set of Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill.

 Uma Thurman was involved in a car crash that crushed her knees while shooting 'Kill Bill'. Photo: AFPUma Thurman was involved in a car crash that crushed her knees while shooting 'Kill Bill'. Photo: AFP

2007 - Special effects technician involved in the filming of Batman movie The Dark Knight dies in a car accident after his vehicle crashed into a tree at the end of a test run-through at a special effects facility.

2011 - An awry explosion kills a stunt man and seriously injures a second on the set of the action sequel The Expendables 2 in Bulgaria.

2014 - 71-year-old actor Harrison Ford requires surgery on a broken leg after being struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

2015 - A stunt woman is severely injured in a motorcycle crash on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter that leads to her arm being amputated. Later on the same set, a stunt man dies crushed under a Hummer vehicle.

2017 - Female stunt driver dies on the set of superhero movie Deadpool 2 in downtown Vancouver after she lost control of her motorcycle during a stunt and crashed through a window of a building across the street. – Reuters

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