Collapsed carport death connected to film and TV industry production

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The incident that killed a bystander when a carport collapsed Wednesday in southeast Albuquerque is connected to a film and TV industry production, producers with the production told KOB 4 Friday.

The producers said the incident happened during cleanup and did not happen on set.

On Friday, Albuquerque police said someone was killed Wednesday by an overhang that collapsed when a truck backed into a carport at or near an apartment complex on Cardenas, not far from Gibson and San Pedro.

Producers with the production declined an interview request but told KOB 4 the person who died has nothing to do with the production and the incident happened after the crew was done shooting.

“After the film had wrapped principal photography, a truck driven by a union driver hit an overhang that collapsed on a bystander,” a producer said.

KOB 4 received tips that the production is called “Pearblossom Highway” or “Pure Blossom Highway.” Producers did not confirm either way, and KOB 4 has not been able to find any information on the production. Nothing with a similar name is listed on the New Mexico Film Office’s website.

As of Friday night, the film office and local unions had not gotten back to KOB 4 about its requests for comment and for an interview.

It’s another tragedy related to a film and TV industry production in New Mexico, after the accidental deadly shooting on the set of the movie Rust in Santa Fe, when actor Alec Baldwin was holding the gun that went off and killed the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, in October.