23/07/2019 08:35 BST | Updated 23/07/2019 09:25 BST

Fast & Furious 9 Production Halted After Stuntman Is Seriously Injured On Set

A man was airlifted to hospital with a "serious head injury" after the accident.

Production on the latest Fast & Furious film has been halted after a stuntman was seriously injured on set.

Fast & Furious 9 is currently being filmed at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, but has been put on hold following the incident.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros Studios confirmed to MailOnline that the man involved had been airlifted to hospital with a confirmed “serious head injury”.

We had an injury on the set of Fast 9 today in Leavesden with one of our stuntmen,” Universal said in an official statement. “We have halted production for the day to focus on this situation.”

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The cast of The Fate Of The Furious, the film's most recent instalment

A police spokesperson also told Metro: “Police were called shortly before noon today following an incident at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.

“It was reported that a man had been injured while working at the location and sustained serious injuries. The air ambulance attended and police officers are currently on scene to assist and carry out initial enquiries.”

Various outlets have reported that the man in question is Vin Diesel’s stunt double. HuffPost UK has contacted Warner Bros Studios for clarification on this.

Fast & Furious 9 is the fifth instalment of the franchise to be directed by Justin Lin, who has already been confirmed to helm an additional sequel, slated for release in 2022.

Vin Diesel in the eighth Fast & Furious film

The upcoming ninth film will star long-standing cast members Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and rapper Ludacris, while WWE wrestler John Cena is also joining the franchise in an undisclosed role.

Also appearing in the new film will be Peaky Blinders actor Finn Cole and New Zealand-born actor Vinnie Bennett, who previously appeared in Ghost in the Shell and The Shannara Chronicles.

A spin-off film Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw arrives in cinemas later this month.