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Chicago woman hurt in work accident during filming of Transformers 3

A 24-year-old Chicago woman was seriously injured in a work accident while employed as an extra on the movie “Transformers 3”

The Sun-Times reports the Little Village resident suffered a serious head injury in a stunt involving several cars during filming Wednesday night in Hammond, Indiana. The Indiana State Police reports an object struck her after it smashed through the windshield of her 2006 Toyota. She was flown to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Relatives said she remained hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery. They said she was excited to be in a movie; her normal day job is working as a teller at Second Federal Savings in the Little Village.

In a case like this, a Chicago area work injury lawyer should be consulted to ensure that the injured worker’s rights are protected and that she obtains the compensation she deserves for medical bills, injuries and lost wages.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the scene being filmed involved motorists traveling along a busy highway as explosions rocked the opposite lane. The paper said the incident happened about 7 p.m. and involved a metal object that crashed through the windshield and struck the woman in the head. Her car continued on, scraping along the concrete median barrier for about a mile before coming to a stop.

Police report a cable pulling vehicles snapped and may have resulted in the accident. She was one of about 100 extras on the scene of Wednesday’s shoot. The extras were paid a minimum wage plus $25 a day for the use of their car.

Read the L.A. Times report here.