A member of a film crew has been killed in a train accident on a film set after 20 people on a train trestle were struck by a CSX train in Georgia.
Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was identified by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department as the person killed in Thursday afternoon’s train accident on the set of Midnight Rider, a Gregg Allman biographical film Midnight Rider.
Jones was a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, according to media reports. She was the Second Camera Assistant on the movie being produced by Los Angeles-based Unclaimed Freight Productions.
Those who were struck on the trestle train above the Altamaha River included Randall Miller, the writer, producer and director of the biopic. They were struck by a northbound freight train near the Doctortown Road crossing.
Media reports aid the crew was laying a “bed” on the train tracks, for a dream sequence in the film, when the CSX train suddenly and unexpectedly arrived on the scene, and was unable to stop.
As well as the fatality, eight people were injured. The prop bed exploded.
Det. Joe Gardner of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said in reports that Unclaimed Freight had permission from CSX to film on the tracks. They had also been provided with the existing train schedule.
CSX released a statement which said: “CSX is deeply saddened by a tragedy that occurred late today on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, Ga. and is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate. Initial reports indicate that at least three people were injured, one fatally. CSX personnel are working with first responders to meet the needs of those injured. A train was en route from Memphis to Savannah when the incident occurred.”
There are many unanswered questions about this tragic accident and clearly someone is liable. There may have been an omission or negligence on behalf of CSX or the film company which may have made a mistake over the train schedule.
An experienced railroad accident attorney can get to the bottom of these worrying questions. My thoughts are with the family of this young lady and with the others who were injured. Call an experienced railroad accident lawyer at the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.