'X Factor' Finale Accident Leaves 3 Stagehands Injured

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Tragedy nearly struck in the last minutes of the X Factor finale as a stair riser came unhinged and hit two stagehands in the head and another in the elbow. 

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The paramedics were on scene within minutes at stage 36 of CBS Television City, where X Factor and American Idol are both filmed, and treated the injured just off stage feet away from where the judges were watching 50 Cent perform for a studio audience of 700 and a TV viewing audience of millions.

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One of the crew members, who was knocked over by the giant set piece and held a bag of ice to his head, was heard telling his supervisor, "I'm fine!" and marveling, "on the f--king last night of the show!" 

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UPDATED: All three were rushed to nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to assess the severity of their injuries and for further treatment. Their wives and significant others have been alerted and are en route, according to an X Factor staffer.  

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