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Oscars Went On Despite Accident

A view of the $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo that actor Eddie Griffin crashed at the Redline "Race For A Cause" charity car race at the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., on March 26, 2007.
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The Academy Awards ceremony went on as planned Sunday despite an accident that sent five workers to the hospital, Oscar officials said.

Scaffolding along the red carpet for the Academy Awards ceremony collapsed Thursday, injuring five people.

The scaffolding at the Shrine Auditorium was the type commonly used to hold spotlights. The mangled structure, which had stood 20 feet high, fell just behind bleachers set up for fans and media to watch celebrities arrive at the ceremony.

A portion also tumbled onto a tent over the red carpet that was used by celebrities as they entered the auditorium for the awards ceremony Sunday.

Inspectors were trying to determine how the scaffolding gave way, said Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis.

The entire 190-foot-long structure buckled without warning, possibly because of a gust of wind. Only one of the workers was seriously hurt, receiving neck and back injuries. The others had minor cuts and bruises.

After the accident, workers resumed moving equipment into the Shrine and stringing cable from the building toward the red carpet.

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