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Details emerge about incident on Maze Runner set; production still halted

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from the film, 'The Maze Runner.'
Image Credit: AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein

CACHE CREEK - A few more details about the incident on the Maze Runner set in the Southern Interior that injured one of the movie's stars have emerged.

Actor Dylan O’Brien was injured while filming a stunt scene for Maze Runner: Death Cure in Cache Creek. The incident happened near the village's airport late morning on March 17. has obtained a copy of a WorkSafe B.C. report into the incident.

“An action sequence was being filmed for a motion picture. This young worker was attached to a vehicle by a harness, lanyard and overhead truss system when he climbed onto the back (of) another vehicle,” the report states. “As the vehicles slowed, the trailing vehicle the worker was anchored to slowed more rapidly than the vehicle the worker climbed onto."

Further information about what led to the actor’s injuries were redacted from the report for privacy reasons.

As part of WorkSafe B.C.’s investigation, which concluded on March 28, Fox US Productions was ordered to submit a copy of the portion of the film which recorded the incident.

O’Brien is still recovering from his injuries. Director Wes Ball tweeted about the incident on March 19 saying the actor will be fine after a few weeks of recovery.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District film commissioner Vicci Weller says an on-set injury of this magnitude is a first for the region.

Production in Cache Creek has been halted for the time being and Weller notes the crew will return to finish what they started. She hopes production will resume by July.

The film is the third instalment of a series based on the popular young adult books written by James Dashner.

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