August 15, 2006 05:48:18 GMT
A tragic car crash happened on "The Kingdom" set on Saturday, August 12 and killed the film's assistant propmaster, Nick Papac.
A terrible incident occurred Saturday, August 12 on the set of Universal's "The Kingdom." An assistant propmaster named Nick Papac experienced a car crash while driving a motorized cart along a closed section of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway in Mesa, Arizona, resulting in the death of the 25-year-old man.
Based on the reports about the tragedy, the crash happened when Papac's vehicle accidentally collided with an SUV carrying director Peter Berg, and so caused the guy being thrown from his vehicle and experienced severe head injuries. He then was immediately airlifted to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead a few hours later.
"It is with profound sadness that we confirm Nick's passing," said Berg at a gathering of the film crew on Sunday morning. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time." With this happening, filming of the picture was thus suspended on Sunday, August 13 and will resume on Wednesday, August 16.