Video of a TV stunt gone wrong is going viral after a contestant from America’s Got Talent nearly died as the TV crews filmed.
The massive stunt misfire occurred on Thursday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway during a full rehearsal for the show.
According to a report by TMZ, daredevil stuntman Jonathan Goodwin was suspended by a cable high in the air, dangling between two cars that were held apart by cables.
Goodwin’s trick was supposed to be that he was to wriggle his way out of a straight-jacket and drop to a waiting airbag on the ground before the cables released the cars to smack head-on into each other in a fiery finale.
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But Goodwin failed to make his escape and was left dangling in the path of the oncoming cars, both of which smashed together with him between them, and bursting into flames before he fell to the ground missing the air bags.
The TV crews at first thought Goodwin had been killed in the stunt:
“Our sources say Goodwin was unresponsive after the crash, and people on the set thought he was dead,” TMZ reported. “However, Goodwin was responsive when he was airlifted to a hospital and rushed into surgery.”
TMZ later added that Goodwin’s injuries included “multiple broken bones in both of his legs, plus cuts all over his face and burns.”
A spokesperson for the show told the media, “He was responsive and was immediately taken to the hospital where he is continuing to receive medical care. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition.”
America’s Got Talent: Extreme is hosted by Terry Crews, and features judges Nikki Bella, Travis Pastrana and Simon Cowell.
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