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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Accident on the set of The Sorcerer's Apprentice

While filming a chase scene for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice near Times Square, a stunt driver lost control of his Ferrari, clipped a light pole, and crashed into a Sbarro’s. The light pole fell on a man, and a lady standing nearby was knocked to the ground.

Street closing notices posted by the police indicated the shoot was for the Nicolas Cage film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

The scene required a Ferrari to pass several vehicles in pursuit of a Mercedes as it drove down Seventh Avenue, which was closed to traffic for the filming.

Mark Watkins, a tourist from Birmingham, England, watched the live action chase from the top of the new TKTS booth.

"A black Ferrari and a silver Mercedes were chasing each other," he said.

"The Ferrari took a route down the center of the road, swerving between cars. The Mercedes took the outside lanes.

"The Ferrari took a sharp right to the left and lost it, swerving across the lanes, taking out a lamppost and a news stand.

"One lady was knocked to the ground and a lamppost landed directly on top of a chap."

Another tourist, Aimee Dodds of New Zealand, said she was "watching the Ferrari weave through some [stunt] taxis.

"As the Ferrari took a right turn past one of the taxis, he took a wide turn and slammed straight into the Sbarro."

One of the victims was not associated with the movie. It was not clear whether the other was also a bystander. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

A customer who was inside the restaurant said a manager inside "told a couple to get back."

"Next thing you know it jumps the sidewalk and smashes the door," she said. "The manager just started freaking out and told everyone to get out."

The question is, will this be the most interesting thing about Nicholas Cage's new film or will he break his current run of not very good films?

Source: New York Post

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Clive at FanCinemaToday said...

Wow, I work right here on 7th Ave and walk by that Sabaros all the time. We've been seeing camera trucks, and various stunt cabs, cars and a very tricked-out motorcycle parked on the street during the day for the last week or so, but I had no idea that this happened. That video's horrifying.