Production was halted after stuntman Joe Watts was reportedly left “seriously injured” and placed in an induced coma after an accident during filming for the next “Fast & Furious” film on Monday.
According to The Daily Mail, paramedics and police rushed out to the set of the film in Leavesden, UK, and that an air ambulance attended the scene.
“We had an injury on the set of ‘Fast 9’ today in Leavesden with one of our stuntmen,” a spokesperson for Universal told Variety. “We have halted production for the day to focus on this situation.”
Watts had been playing star Vin Diesel’s body double in the film.
The stuntman reportedly suffered a fall and was taken to the Royal London Hospital with a “serious head injury.”
“An ambulance, three ambulance officer vehicles and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance were called to Leavesden Studios shortly before midday today, following reports of a man injured in a fall,” a spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service told The Daily Mail. “One patient with a serious head injury was transported to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance.”
Hertfordshire police said, “It was reported that a man had been injured while working at the location and sustained serious injuries,” adding that officers are still on the scene to “carry out initial inquiries.”
An insider told the Sun Online that Watts “fell at least 30ft”, with Vin Diesel being seen on set “seconds after” looking “totally in shock and blinking back tears.”
His fiancée Tilly Powell, a stuntwoman, said her “heart is shattered”, adding of Watts: “I love him so much. He has all his friends and family by his side to get him through this.”
The Daily Mail said Powell claimed she “knew the risks he faced” in the job.
A family member told the publication: “Tilly is absolutely devastated but she has known the risks that were always involved.
“She grew up with a father who was a stuntman and has followed the same career.
“She knew that they always faced risks on any dangerous stunt.
“Tilly is at the hospital with Joe and like everyone else just praying that Joe will pull through.”