12:03pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Seriously Injured on Set of CBS Series
MacGyver stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist has been seriously injured on the set of the CBS series.
Sources say that he sustained a head injury while performing a stunt that resulted in him falling off a moving vehicle. Sundquist is not one of the show's stuntmen but is instead a stunt coordinator, the person on set who is normally responsible for the safety of the stunts.
"We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta," CBS TV Studios said Wednesday in a statement. "The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being."
Sources add that Sundquist was put in a medically induced coma as a result of the injury and remains hospitalized. His condition was improving on Thursday but he still remains unconscious, per insiders. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also opened an investigation into the matter, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
The accident comes a year after Sundquist sued CBS Corp. and CBS TV Studios for getting hurt on the set of another one of the network's shows, Hawaii Five-0. He claimed he was hit by a car during a stunt due to recklessness of safety personnel. Sources say the two parties settled.
Deadline first reported the news of Sundquist's on-set injury.
This story was updated on Thursday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. PST.