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NEW INFORMATION: Film crew knew train tracks were active

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A member of the crew that was injured by a train last week in Jesup says the team had a discussion about safety before the accident.

Camera assistant Tony Summerlin tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the crew was told the tracks in Doctortown, near Jesup, were active and two trains passed before one struck 27-year-old Sara Jones, a South Carolina native who lived in Atlanta.

Summerlin says he and Jones ran as the train approached but Jones was unable to move from its path in time.

The accident is under investigation.

The crew was filming a portion of "Midnight Rider," which is based on the life of musician Gregg Allman.


UPDATE:  A new incident report was released by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office that shows the film crew may have not have had permission to be on the CSX tracks.  When Executive Producer Jay Sedrish was asked if he had permission to be on the trestle or be on the train tracks, Mr. Sedrish replied "That's complicated."  The report goes on to say that according to a CSX employee, the production company had previously been denied permission to film on the trestle, and there was an e-mail to verify that fact.  The e-mail was between Charlie Baxter, the location manager and CSX employee Carla Groleau.  Finally the report says while speaking with the director, Randall Miller, that he was asked who owned the production company or who would be in charge, the report says Miller said "He guessed that would be he and his wife."


UPDATE: 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.  Seven others on the crew were injured.  The pictures of Sarah at the top of the page were posted by the South Carolina Film Council.  


The investigation continues into a deadly train accident in Wayne County.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, when a CSX train struck a film crew who was filming on the tracks. 1 woman was killed and at least 7 other people were injured.

The 20-person crew was part of Meddin Studios, which is based in Savannah. The Sheriff's Department says the victims were filming in Jesup for the biopic "Midnight Rider," which is based on the life of Greg Allman.

Wayne County Detective Joe Gardner says the crew did have permission from CSX to film in the area. 


A deadly train accident in Wayne County killed a female film crew member Thursday afternoon and left seven others injured.

The Sheriff's Department tells us the victims were filming in Jesup for the biopic "Midnight Rider," which is based on the life of Greg Allman.

The train accident happened around 4pm, according to Wayne County EMA Director Keith Wright. None of the victim's names have been released.

During a press briefing Thursday night, Wayne County Detective Joe Gardner said confirmed that the crew had placed a mattress on the tracks when the train struck them. The eight victims were part of a 20-person crew on scene -- all employed by Meddin Studios out of Savannah.

A spokesperson for the CSX Corporation released the following statement:

"CSX is deeply saddened by a tragedy that occurred late today on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, GA and is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate. CSX personnel are working with first responders to meet the needs of those injured. The train  was en route from Memphis to Savannah when the incident occurred."

News 3 will continue to follow the story and will of course bring you the latest. 

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