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Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel

The Fast & Furious franchise is known for its dangerous car stunts, but production on one scene on the set of Fast & Furious 7 was deemed just too risky to film.

TMZ reports:

Sources connected with the production tell TMZ … the shoot was being prepped at the Willow Springs International Raceway near Palmdale — 45 minutes from where Paul Walker tragically died.

Members of the crew tell TMZ … producers brought in drivers who are “authentic street racers” for the scene, where a souped-up yellow Chevelle races another car and dramatically pops a wheelie, as bystanders stand right by the track and cheer.  A similar scene appeared in the first F&F.

Someone who was at the track tells TMZ … a person from the production told some staffers they couldn’t get the proper insurance to shoot the race.

Fast & Furious stars, including Vin Diesel, were on the set, and according to TMZ, the production team doesn’t want to risk any crashes, in light of the death of Paul Walker last year.

Co-star Michelle Rodriguez also took to her Instagram to share the photo above, and a message from the set:

Ride or Die through thick and thin 15 yrs later surreal to think we made it through such a tough painful production. But this ones for you P I hope we make you proud love you

Fast & Furious 7 will be in theaters April 2015.

SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram

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