Woman stunt driver dies on set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 August, 2017, 3:04am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 August, 2017, 8:45pm

A woman stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool 2 in downtown Vancouver during the filming of a stunt on a motorcycle, Vancouver police said on Monday.

WorkSafeBC was on the scene along with law enforcement, the Vancouver Police Department promised further information as it becomes available.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was treated by an ambulance crew after the crash but was pronounced dead on the scene, The Vancouver Sun reported. Witnesses told the newspaper she lost control, jumped a curb and slammed through the glass windows of an office building.

The woman successfully performed the stunt four times, but had a problem with the throttle on her fifth practise run and lost control when the engine engaged, according to Canada’s Global News, which had a crew on the scene gathering information about a separate fatal bus crash.

A representative for movie studio 20th Century Fox, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox, did not immediately respond to Reuters for comment.

The sequel to the 2016 superhero movie Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds is being filmed in Vancouver.

The character Domino, played by actress Zazie Beetz, had previously been spotted on the same street riding a black Ducati motorcycle, the type involved in the crash, The Sun said. The movie has been filming in the downtown Vancouver area since June 26.

Director David Leitch, who also helmed the action-heavy movies John Wick and Atomic Blonde, is a long time stunt professional, with scores of credits listed on his IMDb page.

Last week, Deadpool 2 star Reynolds joked around on Twitter, thanking the Vancouver Police Department and the people of Vancouver “for putting up with road closures and traffic delays as we film Spider Man downtown”.

The movie is slated for release in June 2018.

In July, a stuntman performing a high fall died on the set of The Walking Dead in Atlanta after missing a safety cushion by inches. Over the weekend in London, Tom Cruise was apparently injured while performing a roof-to-roof jump stunt for Mission: Impossible 6.