|Movie Man Dies During 'Batmobile Stunt'|| ||Last Edited: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007, 8:00 PM EDT||Created: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007, 9:30 AM EDT|| |
A special effects technician on the new Batman movie has been killed after a 4x4 truck hit a tree.
The man died when the vehicle, which was carrying a camera platform, crashed on a test run while following a stunt vehicle, which is thought to have been the Batmobile.
Emergency services were called to Longcross, near Chertsey in Surrey, but the man was pronounced dead.
Batman: The Dark Knight, made by Warner Bros Pictures, is set for release in the UK next summer.
Christian Bale plays superhero Batman - aka Bruce Wayne - with Michael Caine as his butler Alfred. Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are also due to star.
A Warner Bros spokeswoman said no actors were involved, and the accident did not happen on set or while filming was taking place.
She said: "Warner Bros Pictures and the entire cast and crew of The Dark Knight are deeply saddened by this tragedy and their hearts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased."
Police and the Health & Safety Executive have launched a joint investigation.
A HSE spokesman confirmed two vehicles had been involved in a "filming production exercise" when the crash happened.
He said: "It appears one vehicle was undertaking some stunt driving and another 4x4 provided the camera platform to film it.
"The second vehicle and a camera operator were involved in a collision with a tree."