sábado, 4 de septiembre de 2010

Injured Extra in 'Transformers 3'


The production company filming “Transformers 3” has decided to cancel plans to shoot the final scenes in Chicago when  a bank teller working as an extra was seriously injured this week.
The filming of the action movie was set to finish on  Thursday, with final scenes being shot at Millennium Park, the city said. However, plans were scrapped when  Gabriela Cedillo, 24, was hit in the head Wednesday night while filming in Hammond, Ind.
“ ‘Transformers’ has completed their filming in Chicago,” said Richard Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. “The filming that was canceled was not rescheduled.”
According to relatives, Cedillo is still unconscious Friday, in serious but stable condition at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
Meanwhile, the production company  has issued  a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Gabriela, her family and loved ones. We are looking into what caused the accident.”
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration started an investigation into the incident. OSHA must first determine whether Cedillo, as a paid extra, was hired as an independent contractor or as an employee. If she was hired as an employee, OSHA would have jurisdiction.
“We're looking into the general circumstances that led to the accident and the employment status of the victim,” Lotter said. “Once we determine the circumstances, we will look into if there were safety violations or training issues.”
Cedillo was hurt while  the movie crew filmed a scene in Hammond that has drivers moving along a busy highway as explosions went off in the opposite lane. A metal object struck through the windshield of her car and struck her in the head.
Her car did not stop, as it skidded along the inner median concrete barrier for about a mile before coming to a halt, Indiana state police said.

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