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'NCIS' production suspended as authorities investigate fatal accident

February 10, 2011 |  7:53 am

A fatal accident on the set of the CBS crime show "NCIS" has prompted producers to suspend production of the series.

State regulators are investigating the death of a security guard killed when the driver of a production company van blacked out and his vehicle slammed into a tent on the set Wednesday.

The 52-year-old victim, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after the 10 a.m. incident in the 25200 block of Anza Drive in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

The van sped through a parking lot on the set and slammed into the security guard, whose view was obscured by the tent, officials said.

"Everyone at the network, the studio and 'NCIS' is devastated by the news," CBS said in a statement. "Our hearts grieve for his family and friends for this tragic loss. We are, of course, cooperating with the local authorities in Santa Clarita to help determine what caused this terrible accident. Production on the show has been suspended."

The NCIS cast and crew released the following statement: "With profound sympathy we mourn the tragic passing of our co-worker and friend. 'NCIS' is a family. And, as with any family, we are deeply saddened by this unexpected loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones."

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-- Andrew Blankstein

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