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'Star Wars' Accident That Injured Harrison Ford 'Could Have Killed' Him

Harrison Ford could have been killed when he was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The actor was struck by the door with a force comparable to the weight of a small car on the set of the Millennium Falcon. Although he only suffered a broken left leg in the June 2014 accident, prosecutors said the blow could have killed him had an emergency stop button not been hit.

British production company Foodles Production Ltd, which is owned by the Walt Disney Co, has admitted health and safety breaches over the accident. Fans will recall production was suspended for two weeks while Ford, 71, underwent surgery and recovery.

"This was a foreseeable incident. Foodles Production Ltd. has accepted it failed to protect actors and staff," Britain's Health and Safety Executive said in a statement. "The British film industry has a world-renowned reputation for making exceptional films. Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry."

Ford joked about the accident on a British talk show last December, saying it couldn't have happened in the older films.

"In the original film, the door would have been closed with a pulley and a stagehand just closing it," he explained. "But now we had lots of money and technology and so they built a f—--ing great hydraulic door which closed at light speed."

July 27, 2016 |

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