Canada’s version of the game show “Cash Cab” resulted in a man’s death. A 61 year old man died shortly after being struck by the mock taxi after a day of filming in the downtown area of Vancouver on Friday.
A producer of the show was driving the cab back to a storage facility. Vancouver Police Constable Lindsey Houghton said the circumstances leading to the accident were still being determined, and no charges have been filed so far. Police did not immediately release the victim’s identity.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his friends and his family.” said, Andrew Burnstein, president of Castlewood Productions Inc., which produces the show’s Canadian version.
Burnstein added, “My heart also goes out to the driver of the vehicle, a member of our technical staff, who is shaken and devastated by this tragic accident, as is our entire team.”
“Cash Cab” originated in Britain in 2005 and has since been licensed to television networks in more than two dozen countries. The Canadian version, hosted by comedian Adam Growe, a licensed taxi driver, has been broadcast by Discovery Channel Canada since 2008. The American game show takes place in New York City with some episodes of season 6 taking place in Las Vegas.
The American program is hosted by stand-up comedian Ben Bailey. Contestants who ultimately, hail the Cash Cab are not made aware that they are part of the game until they hire the cab and Bailey informs them of the show and its rules. Contestants are asked trivia questions for money prizes until they get 3 strikes for wrong answers, or they reach their destination.