Smallville stuntman hospitalized

Chris Sayour, stunt coordinator for Smallville and primary stunt double for the series' star Tom Welling, was airlifted to a New Westminster, British Columbia, hospital after suffering serious injuries on the set of the WB drama.

Production of Smallville was temporarily halted after Sayour fell 37 feet from a tower on which he was performing a stunt early Tuesday morning. Sources call Sayour's fall a "freak accident," and no foul play is suspected. Sayour's family stated that he had suffered "multiple fractures and internal injuries" and asked that the media respect their privacy while he undergoes treatment.

Police turned over the case to British Columbia's Workmen's Compensation Board, which investigates workplace accidents in Canada. The organization has not yet released comments regarding the incident.

Sayour has been the stunt coordinator for Smallville since its 2001 debut. Additionally, he's worked as a stuntman on many television and film projects, including I, Robot, Star Trek: Nemesis, and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Smallville was expected to resume production on Wednesday.

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