Without sharing more details on the car scene-gone-wrong that reportedly left O'Brien with multiple broken bones, the director did take to Twitter to share his own anger, guilt, and sadness about the incident:
"Well, it's been a whirlwind of emotions these past few days. I've been overwhelmed with feelings of anger and sadness and guilt. But, ultimately I find myself left with a deep love and respect for Dylan. He is one tough cookie. I'm sorry for the grief this accident has caused his friends and family as well as my wonderful cast and crew. It's scary seeing your friend get hurt, but fortunately, Dylan is going to be just fine. After a few weeks of rest and recovery he'll be back up and running to finish our adventure together.
All the best.
— Wes Ball (@wesball) March 19, 2016
According to Deadline, O'Brien, 24, fell off the back of a set that was supposed to look like the back of a train. They weren't clear on the details, but heard he fractured either his cheekbone or orbital socket when he fell on his face.
After the accident Fox issued a statement to confirm O'Brien's injury and transfer to the hospital for treatment. They said production on this third film in the "Maze Runner" franchise would be shut down until he recovers. Based on Ball's note, it sounds like that's expected to be "a few weeks" away.
Don't rush it for the studio, man, heal at your own pace!
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