Sarah Elizabeth Jones Struck By Freight Train and Killed While Filming Gregg Allman Biopic
The tragic event has raised concerns as to the company's permissions
Sarah Elizabeth Jones, aged 27, has been struck by a freight train and killed while working as a second camera assistant on the Gregg Allman biopic, ‘Midnight Rider’.
Midnight Rider is the Gregg Allman biopic currently being filmed
Confusion has arisen as to the access permissions of the crew regarding their presence on the track Open Road Films, Unclaimed Freight and the Meddin Studios film crew had permission to shoot 'Midnight Rider' near the railroad tracks, but they did not have permission to be on it, authorities said.
"I do believe there is going to be an issue about whether they had permission to be on the tracks," Wayne County Sheriff’s Det. Joe Gardner told the Los Angeles Times. Russell Schweiss, a spokesman for Rayonier, said the film crew had been granted permission to shoot on the company's land for one day.
The film crew had separate discussions with CSX about the bridge and tracks, he said. "I'm not privy about what access they had to CSX property," Schweiss said. "They were well aware of the property boundaries."
It has been reported that the crew were aware of two trains, and vacated the tracks to let them both past. The third, however, caught them by surprise, sending them into a scramble and, tragically, taking the life of Jones and injuring seven others, currently being treated.
"CSX is deeply saddened by the tragedy on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, Ga., and continues to cooperate fully with authorities," CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said in a statement about the train.
"All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened," spokeswoman Nadine Jolson said on behalf of Unclaimed Freight Productions and Meddin Studios. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member."