The Walking Dead' Stuntman Dies After Fall on Set – NBCNews.com

Tom MarkLast Update : Friday 14 July 2017 - 8:14 PM
The Walking Dead' Stuntman Dies After Fall on Set – NBCNews.com

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Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira and Melissa Ponzio in “The Walking Dead.” Gene Page / AMC

Phone and email messages left for AMC representatives were not immediately returned Friday.

Bernecker’s passing is the first on-set death in the United States since an audio technician for the show “Cops” was killed during a shootout in Omaha, Nebraska, in August 2014. Bryce Dion, 38, was killed while filming an attempted armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant when a stray bullet from an Omaha police officer slipped past his bulletproof vest.

Earlier that year, in February 2014, Sarah Jones, 27, died when a freight train slammed into a film crew shooting “Midnight Rider,” a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman. The crash happened on a Georgia railroad bridge where the crew was filming actor William Hurt in a hospital bed placed on the tracks, though owner CSX Transportation had denied permission to production managers.

A lawsuit filed by Jones’ parents, who live in Columbia, South Carolina, is currently being tried in Chatham County State Court in Savannah. It says CSX shares equal blame with production managers who never told Jones and other crew members they were trespassing. They say the railroad should have taken safety precautions to slow the train before the crash.

CSX attorneys have said any evidence that CSX failed to follow internal policies doesn’t prove the railroad was negligent. They insist the full blame lies with the “Midnight Rider” production managers. The ill-fated film’s director, Randall Miller, spent a year in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing.

The film was never finished.

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