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‘Midnight Rider’ train death investigation ongoing

Special to SEGAZINE

Thursday’s shocking train collision that left camera assistant Sarah Jones dead and several others injured on the set of Open Road’s Midnight Rider is still under investigation in Jesup.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s department, the collision site on the Doctortown train trestle is being treated as a crime scene and an autopsy on Jones was conducted today with results to come. A 20-person crew based out of Savannah’s Meddin Studios had been filming the Gregg Allman biopic under Midnight Rider director Randall Miller when a northbound CSX Railroad train ran through, fatally striking Jones.

Open Road is set as distributor on the film from Miller and co-scribe/producer Jody Savin’s L.A.-based Unclaimed Freight Productions. Monday afternoon President Steven Poster, ASC of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild, of which Jones was a member, issued a statement on the fatal accident and the Locals 600 and 491′s ongoing investigation with OSHA, NTSB, and local authorities:

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