Investigators: Transformers 3 Injury Accidental, No Punishments Coming


Oct. 13 2010, Published 9:33 a.m. ET

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Indiana investigators have ruled that last month's tragic incident on the set of Transformers 3 was an accident and therefore, the film's producers will not face any citations or fines, has learned.

In the mishap, a female extra was hit in the head by a flying metal cable. As a result, she suffered brain damage and partial paralysis.

“The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) has concluded its investigation into the accident on the set of the ‘Transformers 3’ movie in Hammond, Indiana," Indiana Department of Labor communications director Marc Lotter told in a statement. "IOSHA investigators believe the accident occurred due to the failure of a weld connecting a car to a tow cable.

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“The weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place, thus no citations or fines will be issued,” according to Lotter. "This was an unfortunate and unforeseeable accident.”

As previously reported, the family of the injured extra, Gabriela Cedillo, filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures last week, saying the filmmakers were negligent in connection with her accident.

A second major accident during production of the film occurred Monday, when a Washington D.C. police officer en route to a call was unaware filming was going on, and collided into a yellow Chevy Camaro known in the films as "Bumblebee." The officer was taken via ambulance to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with minor injuries.


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