No criminal charges will be filed in the death of Amrik Singh Gill, the 59-year-old security guard crushed to death last September on the set of TNT’s Falling Skies in British Columbia after an unattended five-ton truck rolled down hill and pinned him against a tree.
“Our investigation ruled out criminality as outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada,” said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which only recently completed its investigation of the accident. “No criminal charges have been laid as a result of the RCMP investigation.” The incident is still under investigation by the BC Workers’ Compensation Board.
Gill’s widow, Balwinder Gill, said she’s been told very little about the accident that took her husband’s life on the evening of September 15, 2014. “We haven’t heard anything and it’s been over a year now,” she told Deadline. “It is very difficult not knowing exactly what happened. I still don’t know what happened. I have been calling them, but it’s always the same answer. They don’t know. They’re still doing the investigation. I didn’t think it would take this long.”
All she’s been told by the police, she said, is that the brakes failed even though the truck had passed a vehicle inspection five months earlier.
The accident happened at a park in Burnaby, BC, as production was prepping for the next day’s shoot. “A five-ton truck parked on a 6% slope had been left unattended,” a spokesman for the Workers’ Compensation Board said the next day. “The vehicle tailgate was lowered for off-loading of equipment. The truck rolled backwards down the slope and the deceased worker was caught between the tailgate and the tree.”
The alien-invasion show, produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks TV, aired its series finale last month after a five-year run. Gill’s widow said that no one from the show attended her husband’s funeral, but some of the actors sent flowers. “No one came,” she said. “No one cared enough to come talk to us about it.” She said representatives from the BC Teamsters local, of which her husband was a member, did come to his funeral and the local gave her $18,000 in death benefits. She said she gets by on about U.S.$1,350 a month, which includes her own disability check and her husband’s Workers Comp stipend.
“He was a very nice, very caring man,” she said. “People always remembered him.”