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Security guard on 'NCIS' set killed when driver blacks out [Updated]

February 9, 2011 |  5:32 pm

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 of the CBS crime drama "NCIS" authorities said Wednesday.

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

CBS suspended production of the show. Krisanne Chasarik, a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Heath, which investigates workplace injuries and deaths, said the driver "blacked out with his foot still on the accelerator."

The van sped through a parking lot on the set and slammed into the security guard, whose view was obscured by the tent. CBS released a statement saying the network, studio and "NCIS" were "devastated by the news." The statement said the network was "cooperating with the local authorities in Santa Clarita to help determine what caused this terrible accident."

-- Andrew Blankstein

[Corrected: An earlier version of this post said the accident occurred on "NCIS: Los Angeles."]