Gregg Allman and the producers of Midnight Rider have been sued by the family of the camera assistant who was killed by a train on the set.
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Production of Gregg Allman’s autobiographical film, Midnight Rider, came to a halt in February after a horrific train crash on the set, and now the producers of the movie are being sued for the death of a young camera assistant who was killed in the accident, according to ABC News.
Richard and Elizabeth Jones, the parents of 27-year-old Sarah Jones, have filed a suit against 10 individuals, as well as eight corporations, who they believe to be at fault for the death of their daughter, who was working on the set as part of the film’s crew in Georgia. The suit targets CSX Transportation and forest products manufacturer, Rayonier, which owns the land on which the crash occurred. Allman was included for his role as executive producer and the director, Randall Miller, was also included, along with his production company and several of his assistants.
The documents filed state that the filmmakers “selected an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location; failed to secure approval for filming from CSX; concealed their lack of approval from CSX from the cast and crew, and otherwise failed to take measures to protect the safety of Midnight Rider cast and crew.”
The Joneses say CSX is named because “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.” The plaintiffs want Rayonier to be held accountable for allowing the filming to take place on their property.
Allman, of Allman Brothers fame, sued Miller for the rights to his life story, but dropped the suit last week after an agreement was reached out of court.
William Hurt, who was set to play Allman in the biopic, dropped out of the project because of the crash. He was present at the time of the tragedy. The accident also sparked a movement throughout Hollywood in memoriam of Sarah and sought support for those who work hard, and often thanklessly, behind the scenes in the movie industry.
“They did so many wrong things, on so many levels, it’s just unbelievable,” said Richard Jones. “This should not have happened. It’s senseless.”