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Tragic! Train Fatally Plows Through Midnight Rider Movie Set In Georgia!

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So sad!

Disaster struck on the set of the the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider in Wayne County, Georgia, as a freight train unexpectedly arrived on the railroad bridge where the film's crew had been shooting a dream sequence.

Despite the train's warning whistle, which only gave the crew less than a minute to act, the locomotive resulted in seven injuries, and the tragic death of the film's 27-year old second camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones.

The crew, which had been filming a mattress on the tracks while on the bridge, was sent scrambling. They had planned for the arrival of two earlier trains, but the last one left them in complete surprise.

Director Randall Miller tried removing the mattress and tripped before the still photographer pulled him off the tracks, thus saving his life.

Meanwhile, the train was unable stop, struck the bed, which sent debris flying. One of the pieces of debris hit Sarah, and she fell onto the tracks, was struck by the train, and killed.

The railroad track's operator, CSX, issued this statement in response:

“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.”

Authorities say that although the film crew had permission to be near the tracks, they did not have permission to be on them.

Our hearts go out to Sarah's loved ones during this incredibly tough time.

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8 comments to “Tragic! Train Fatally Plows Through Midnight Rider Movie Set In Georgia!”

  1. sara says – reply to this


    That is so sad, but I feel like the story doesn't make sense?

  2. 2

    dumbass film people, they should be charged with at least involuntary manslaughter.

  3. cs says – reply to this


    Never should have happened,

  4. Cat says – reply to this


    I live down here where this happened, and the official police report states that an email has surfaced where they were expressly told that they DID NOT have permission to film on the tracks, but the company did it anyway.. and now a young woman is dead and several more were hospitalized.. I doubt the actual crew knew that they didn't have permission to be there on the trestle..this was a senseless tragedy..

  5. @v@ says – reply to this


    Getting a train (track) schedule isn't rocket science. At one time past I used to schedule crews who did track vegetation control. Barring that, having a lookout for both track directions isn't either. Unbelievable.

  6. kim says – reply to this


    This is wrong on all levels low budget film trying to save money wait till all the attorneys get involved I hope they send these producers and everyone involved into bankruptcy, this poor girl should still be alive today,

  7. canon says – reply to this


    they should be charged the producers and the people financing this film, this girl died to make a movie about a rock star whos whole life revolved around booze women and drugs great role model I say can the movie and charge all that were involved in making it

  8. anon says – reply to this


    Midnight rider sounds cursed to me. just like the idiots life.