Flight of Transformers 3 car Bumblebee ends in police crash
By staff writers at myFOXdc.com
From: NewsCore
October 12, 2010 1:47PM

A VEHICLE used for the filming of a car chase scene in a Hollywood movie collided with a Washington DC Police SUV today - the second incident to mar production of the film.

The police SUV collided with a yellow Chevy Camaro - known as the character Bumblebee in the Transformers movie series - on 3rd St and Maryland Ave in southwest DC.

The wreck was not scripted and the police SUV was not supposed to interfere with filming, myFOXdc.com said.

The police officer driving the SUV is a veteran bomb technician. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

No civilians were injured, police said.

Sources said the police officer was responding to a call and was apparently using a different radio channel than the officers who were securing the perimeter for the movie.

The Metropolitan Police Department released a statement today, saying: “The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the crash and filming of this movie on closed DC city streets has been suspended until safety procedures can be reviewed."

The incident comes after a movie extra who was seriously hurt while filming a scene for Transformers 3 sued Paramount, alleging that the studio's negligence led to "serious injuries and brain damage”.

Gabriela Cedillo, 24, was driving her car for a scene that required several vehicles when a metal object struck the 2006 Toyota and smashed through the windshield.

The September 1 incident happened on a closed section of road in Hammond, Indiana, 40km south of Chicago.

The third installment of the smash hit Transformers film series is due for release July 2011.

"We are all terribly sorry that this accident occurred," Paramount said in a statement responding to the lawsuit. The case is ongoing.