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Published on April 24, 2024
Several Injured on Atlanta Set of Eddie Murphy's 'The Pickup' Following Vehicle CollisionSource: Wikipedia/David Shankbone, PDM-owner, via Wikimedia Commons

A car and truck collision on the Georgia set of Eddie Murphy's upcoming Amazon MGM film "The Pickup" has resulted in injuries to several crew members, some serious enough for hospitalization, sources close to the production confirmed on Tuesday.

The mishap occurred during a routine shoot outside Atlanta last Saturday; a truck reportedly "locked up" and struck a car despite what appeared to be a meticulously rehearsed scene, all the safety checkboxes ticked—or so they affirmed, no major stunt involved and leading actors Eddie Murphy, Keke Palmer, and Pete Davidson were not present when the event happened the injuries crews sustained ranged from minor to severe, with broken bones mentioned, and while two were initially hospitalized, currently one remains under medical care, according to a person who disclosed details to WABE on stringent conditions of anonymity.

In a statement obtained by WABE, a spokesperson from the studio expressed their concern, "Unfortunately, the sequence did not go as planned and several members of the crew were injured as a result. We are still in the process of gathering facts on what happened and why, but first and foremost our thoughts are with those who are recovering." Furthermore, the studio assured that they maintain a strong stance on safety, which is reviewed and monitored continuously during shooting.

The film's second unit, which typically works on scenes without the lead stars or director, was at the helm during the accident, with the renowned Tim Story, known for films like "Barbershop" and "Fantastic Four," on board as director, the production which has been underway since February 20 in and around Atlanta did not have a release date as of yet, but it's been indicated by the studio that the schedule will likely remain unscathed despite this setback. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, as told WABE, reported being in the know regarding the incident and has since launched an investigation of its own into the matter, though specifics are yet unspoken for.