Sarah Jones, a camera assistant on the indie feature, Midnight Rider, was killed in a train collision during filming on February 20th. Her parents, Richard and Elizabeth Jones, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on the behalf of their daughter’s estate. The defendants in the case include the director/producer, Randall Miller and producer wife Jody Savin, along with their Unclaimed Freight production company.
Jones died when a train collided with equipment set on active train tracks over the Altamaha River. The other 7 crew members who were injured are also expected to file lawsuits of their own. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified punitive damages, claiming that Sarah Jones was killed because the defendants “operated without minim safety precautions and contrary to standard industry practices for productions of this scale and for productions involving dangerous filming conditions”.
It also says that the CSX railroad company told one or more defendants that only two trains would pass per day at the filming location, and that none of the production’s crew got permission to film on the trains trestle bridge.
The Midnight Rider, a biopic about Gregg Allman, has faced other legal trouble, with the subject, Gregg Allman having sued director Randall Miller’s production company, Unclaimed Freight, alleging that their big-screen option rights to his life have ended. That case was settled earlier last week.
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|Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981.www.KmarksLaw.com|