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Injured Producer at Punkin Chunkin Speaks on Show Cancellation

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Suzanne Dakessian was injured at Punkin Chunkin on Nov. 6, 2016 when debris hit her in the head and face. (Photo: CNN) Suzanne Dakessian was injured at Punkin Chunkin on Nov. 6, 2016 when debris hit her in the head and face. (Photo: CNN)

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - A 39-year-old woman who was injured at this year's Punkin Chunkin outdoor competition in Bridgeville, Del., is out of the hospital.

Suzanne Dakessian suffered critical injuries after an apparatus used to launch pumpkins exploded into the air and heavy debris struck her head. She was released on Friday from Christiana Hospital and moved to a rehabilitation facility in New Jersey.

Since the incident on Nov. 6, The Science Channel canceled its "Punkin Chunkin" special, which was set to air Saturday night.  "In light of the unfortunate incident at the Punkin Chunkin event on Nov. 6, Science Channel will not air Punkin Chunkin as originally planned," wrote Science Channel Spokesperson Paul Schur in a statement. "We are sending our hopes and prayers for a full recovery to the injured woman, her family and loved ones."

However in a phone interview with CNN, Dakessian said she was disappointed the show would not be airing. Dakessian, who was at Punkin Chunkin supervising a camera crew for the production company, Sharp Entertainment, which was producing the special for the Science Channel, told CNN "it's heartbreaking." "I was really looking forward to seeing what came from all that hard work I put in," said Dakessian. "The days of the chunk, I was working 15-hour days, and to not see the product after all that blood, sweat and tears that went into that show, I'm really bummed out about it.."

State Police are still investigating what exactly happened. Troopers said that for unknown reasons, a trap door where pumpkins are loaded into the cannon "separated upon the launch of the pumpkin." The door and other parts of the cannon, known as the "Pumpkin Reaper," were blown into the air before striking Dakessian in the head and face. A 56-year-old man also suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by debris.
 

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