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Sarah Jones, 27, killed, seven others injured, when a movie film crew, filming without permission, is struck by a freight train in Wayne County.

Modified Date: 
Mon, 07/17/2017 - 5:29pm
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Allman film director jailed in Georgia seeks early release

Miller’s attorneys, Ed Garland and Don Samuel, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Even if the judge denies Miller’s request for immediate release, he might not remain jailed much longer. Miller’s attorneys say his family is concerned that recent weight gain, shortness of breath and elevated blood pressure the 53-year-old director has experienced in jail may be signs of congestive heart failure. Now that Miller has served fewer than 10 months behind bars, his attorneys say he should be released early because of his good behavior as well as concerns for Miller’s health. “Mr. His lawyers say in their legal motion that Wayne County Sheriff John Carter has the authority to reduce Miller’s sentence by half for good behavior — meaning he could eligible for release in early March.

Father of crash victim wants Allman director to stay in jail - WTOP

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The father of a film worker killed by a train while shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman says the film’s director doesn’t deserve early release from a two-year jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Former “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller is serving time in rural southeast Georgia after he pleaded guilty to felony charges in the February 2014 train collision that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones. Miller’s attorneys have asked a judge to set him free after serving less than half his jail sentence, citing Miller’s good behavior and concern for his health. Jones’ father, Richard Jones, said Tuesday that releasing Miller from jail early would send a message “that Hollywood gets a break.” He has written a letter asking Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison to deny the director’s request.

Death of Georgia film crew member hit by train was 'senseless,' father says.

Less than two months after his daughter was killed on a film set in southeast Georgia, Richard Jones grapples with waves of unexpected grief, such as a day last week when a riverside walk at home in South Carolina took him past a railroad bridge.

Fatal Accident Fuels Safety Concerns On Hollywood's Sets.

There's growing concern in Hollywood over film crews' safety, as crews feel mounting pressure to push their limits on set. The call for attention to the issue amplified after the death of 27-year-old Sarah Jones.

Crew member killed by train during filming of Gregg Altman biopic 'Midnight Rider,' seven others injured.

The victim identified as Sarah Elizabeth Jones was among the crew filming a dream sequence on a train trestle when they were surprised by an oncoming freight train.

'Vampire Diaries' Crew Member, Sarah Jones, Dies In 'Midnight Rider' Train Accident.

Tragedy struck the film set of the Greg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” when crew member Sarah Jones was killed in a train accident in Georgia. Jones was also on the crew of the CW show “The Vampire Diaries.”

Victim in Wayne Co. Train Accident Identified.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the woman killed in Thursday's train accident. They say 27-year-old Sarah Jones of Atlanta was working as part of a film crew for Meddin Studios when she was killed.

Officials: Crew hit by train wasn't to be on track.

An investigator says a movie crew involved in a fatal collision with a freight train in southeast Georgia was filming on the tracks without permission from the railroad.

'Midnight Rider': Online Fundraiser Started for Hairstylist Injured in Accident

"Sister Joyce suffered a compound fracture in her arm among other injuries, and is unable to work," the fundraising website reads.

Allman filmmakers to stand trial in fatal Ga. train crash

They have all pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing.

Director of Allman film pleads guilty in train crash death

Director Randall Miller pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing as part of a plea deal. 

Director of Allman Brothers Biopic Will Serve Jail Time After Crew Member's Death

Director Randall Miller pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing, and will serve two years in prison for the 2014 death of his camera assistant, Sarah Jones.

Final Allman filmmaker gets probation in Georgia train crash

A third filmmaker was sentenced to 10 years of probation Tuesday for her role in a train collision last year that killed a young camera assistant and injured six other crew members, allowing prosecutors to close their final criminal case in the incident that derailed the Gregg Allman movie "Midnight Rider."

Allman film assistant gets own trial in Georgia train crash

An assistant director on an ill-fated Gregg Allman biographical movie will stand trial separately from three of her bosses charged in a deadly train crash in southeast Georgia.

Allman film director: Ga. train crash 'my responsibility'

"It was a horrible tragedy that will haunt me forever," Miller said in a statement provided to The AP by a publicist. "Although I relied on my team, it is ultimately my responsibility and was my decision to shoot the scripted scene that caused this tragedy."

'Midnight Rider' director Randall Miller to be released from prison

Though released from jail, Miller remains under a 10-year probation barring him from serving as director, first assistant director or supervisor with responsibility for safety on a film production.

Trial set to begin Monday in deadly 2014 train collision with film crew case

Jones' parents are suing the train company claiming CSX "breached its duty to exercise ordinary care and take reasonable safety precautions."     

Jury sees video of film crew fleeing train before deadly crash

Actor William Hurt, who was on the bridge in the role of Allman, escaped uninjured. Hurt sat outside the courtroom for a time Tuesday but was not called to testify. 

Jury awards $3.9M to family of film worker killed by train

A jury awarded $3.9 million today to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad bridge in 2014, finding the railroad's owner shared in the blame for the deadly freight train collision even though the film crew was trespassing.   

An investigator says a movie crew involved in a fatal collision with a freight train in southeast Georgia was filming on the tracks without permission from the railroad.

A 27-year-old woman, identified as Sarah Jones, was killed and seven crew members were injured Thursday when the train struck as they were shooting footage for "Midnight Rider," a film based on the life of singer Gregg Allman.

A Wayne County Sheriff's detective said Friday that the crew had permission to be on private property next to the tracks. But he said CSX Railroad told investigators the crew had no permission to work on the tracks themselves. Gardner says the tracks were littered with debris from the crew's equipment, including what looked like a mattress.

Trespassing onto railroad tracks is a misdemeanor under Georgia law.

People Involved: 
Sarah Jones
Randall Miller
Jesup, GA

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