Reality Show Contestant in Medically Induced Coma, Critically Injured in Accident E! Online
One of the contestants on a broadcast reality television show is in a medically induced coma after an accident. E! Online reports that Eric Hill, one of the suitors on the upcoming season of ABC's "The Bachelorette," was placed in the coma after being critically injured in a paragliding accident in Utah.
UFA Battalion Chief Brian Anderton said Hill was injured after his parachute partially collapsed, causing Hill to hit a mountainside.
Anderton is quoted saying: "It doesn't seem like he fell an extremely long distance, but the velocity that he went into the hillside was enough to cause some trauma."
"ABC has not announced the names of the new 'Bachelorette' cast, however E! News has confirmed that Hill is one of [Andi Dorfman's] suitors on the upcoming season, set to premiere May 19," the story reports. "We are told that Hill's accident did not happen on the show and he was already eliminated at the time of his accident, so it is not a production issue, even though the show is still being filmed."
The report quotes an employee of the show saying: "This is really the first time something terrible has happened between time of filming and airing the season so the network will have to figure out how to handle, and if it merits somehow editing show differently." Producers were reportedly in the process of determining how to proceed.
The report quotes a friend of Hill's, Derek Mazur, describing the accident: "He just came down the mountain a little bit. He was getting super low over here and just took a little turbulence and collapsed part of his wing, and it kind of spun him up. He's well experienced. He knows what he's doing. Just kind of that time of year. Spring, the air is really rough and a lot of turbulence."