More than three years after camera assistant and College of Charleston grad Sarah Jones was killed on the set of Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, the Jones family will receive compensation from railroad owner CSX Transportation.
Filmmakers indicted in Sarah Jones train fatality: CofC grad died during filming of Gregg Allman biopic; director and 2 others charged with manslaughter
Filmmakers indicted in Sarah Jones train fatality
CofC grad died during filming of Gregg Allman biopic; director and 2 others charged with manslaughter
Three people involved in the making a biographical film about musician Gregg Allman have been charged with manslaughter in the February death of Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a camera assistant who was killed by a train while the crew filmed on an active train trestle. Jones was a graduate of the College of Charleston and was working with the crew near Savannah, Ga., at the time of her death.
By Paul Bowers
On Monday, July 17, a jury ruled in favor of the Jones family, deciding upon the dollar amount of $3.9 million. According to the AP report, “The jury Monday found $11.2 million to be the total value of Jones’ life as well as her pain and suffering. Jurors decided CSX — the only defendant on trial — bore 35 percent of the responsibility for Jones’ death, making the railroad’s share $3.9 million.”
Jones was killed Feb. 20, 2014 on a Georgia railroad bridge where the Midnight Rider crew was filming when a train came down the track at 55 mph — six other crew members were injured by the train or flying debris. Randall Miller, the film’s director, served a year in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges.
Gregg Allman stands up for Sarah Jones: Subject of Midnight Rider himself begs to stop production out of respect for Sarah Jones
Gregg Allman stands up for Sarah Jones
Subject of Midnight Rider himself begs to stop production out of respect for Sarah Jones
After the loss of Columbia, SC-native Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider back in February, production of the Gregg Allman biopic was initially scrapped, but now that it’s back on Allman himself pleads for it to stop.
By Kelly Rae Smith
During the trial, the transportation company claimed that the fault lay entirely with the filmmakers. Jones’ attorney, Jeffrey Harris, argued that CSX should have taken precautions to avoid the crash. According to the AP report, the lawsuit stated that “despite the fact that multiple CSX trains passed the Midnight Rider cast and crew on February 20, with those individuals in view of the trains’ operators, no warning was given to the subsequent train that ultimately caused Sarah’s death.”
Rob Doolittle, a spokesman for CSX, says that the company “respectfully disagrees with the conclusions reached by the jury” and that they plan to appeal the jury’s decision.