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Published: 2014/02/22

Gregg Allman Releases Statement on Movie Death

Photo by Dino Perrucci

Gregg Allman has released a statement on the accident that took the life of a crewmember on the set of Midnight Rider, a biopic based on his life, on Thursday afternoon. The statement reads:

I am so terribly saddened by the news of the tragedy that took the young life of Sarah Elizabeth Jones on the film set. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning.

As previously reported, Jones was killed when she was struck by a train on the set of Midnight Rider. Seven other crewmembers were injured when they were struck by debris from a bed that had been placed on the tracks for a dream sequence scene. Officials have said that the crew did not have permission to be filming on the train tracks.


There are 19 comments associated with this post

Pete Daniel February 22, 2014, 18:44:22

Yesterday it said they did have permission. What’s the deal?

Debbie February 22, 2014, 19:11:51

One of my friends was injured seriously. She was taken by helicopter to a hospital and her arm had to be reconstructed in surgery, which is a very necessary tool for her trade as a hair stylist for film. This is horribly tragic and my injured friend is haunted by the image of Sarah standing next to her and being killed. I’m so sorry for everyone affected.

tj February 22, 2014, 19:55:08

they had permission from the railroad to be filming in the area but not on the tracks

drasticjasper February 22, 2014, 23:01:35

Actullay a wood company called Rayonair gave them permission to film NEAR the tracks that went through their land. CSX the actual railway never gave permission and was unaware they were filming ON the tracks

Lawyer Up February 22, 2014, 23:24:14

Horrible tragedy. It will be interesting to see how the lawsuits play out. Prayers to the family.

csx-sucks February 23, 2014, 01:02:02

Let’s see
1. Railroad pays their execs millions a year which we repay at the check out lanes.
2. Train brakes suck and trains have no steering and the trains go well past the sight stopping distance of the train.
3. This is 2013 with a dozen ways to have video monitoring ahead of the trains to get the trains stopped IN TIME when tracks are obstructed.
4. We are paying millions for state government and Federal government people and should have no businesses like railroads creating public safety hazards
.5. Brings us back to doe—-3. This is 2013 with a dozen ways to have video monitoring ahead of the trains to get the trains stopped IN TIME when tracks are obstructed.
Railroads motto should be —-ANY TIME COULD BE TANKER TRUCK STUCK ON TRACKS TIME instead it’s PROFITS FIRST AND SCREW ‘em all—Let’s make $$$.

Berger February 23, 2014, 07:53:16

It’s 2014 .

Analog February 23, 2014, 08:34:28

Hey CSX suxs. Do a google of flagmen and railway safety. I do the training every year for working within 15 feet of the tracks. Someone did not do there homework for the film company and an unfortunate accident occurred.

ken February 23, 2014, 11:00:05

I wonder if they will continue this movie? sounds like they are all passing the buck to me from reports I read. all about the money and fame for some people

Hey csx sucks aka Chode Licker February 23, 2014, 12:15:42

From your short sighted view of logic if all the responsibility falls on the rail company to watch out for everything on thier tracks, what about the hillbilly film crew from the south put a spotter two miles down the track in each direction a call the crew on a cell phone or radio if a train is coming? Not hard to have a little forethought on thier part, and someone’ s life could have been saved!

Robert February 23, 2014, 14:46:12

They had permission to work around the tracks and bridge but they didn’t have permission to film ON THE TRACKS!!!

ms February 23, 2014, 16:29:27

what responsibility will the executive producers and the other producers have in this tragedy ???that is a question I have?

To the people blaming CSX February 23, 2014, 20:50:52

We should get Sarah Jones back, not money from the railroads. From the investigations so far, it is clear that Meddin Studios and Unclaimed Freight Productions producing Midnight Rider did not have permission to be ON the tracks.
And they were not just on tracks, they were on a train trestle. To make things worse, they had a bed lying on the tracks in the middle of the trestle, and when the train hit the bed, it hit Sarah, who was madly escaping for her life. Do not blame CSX first, blame the irresponsible producers and the director who put Sarah on those tracks in the first place without any of the usual saftey procedures hat surround shooting near an active train. Please respect Sarah, for it is cutting corners and pinching pennies that killed her first and foremost.

funkyriddims February 24, 2014, 09:34:29

This is very sad. But ranting against the railroad company seems a bit of a stretch to me. The people making the movie SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ON THE TRACKS!

wizzdbizz February 24, 2014, 13:41:09

Analog is right, as a flagmen for ns, I protect different contractors working on or about the tracks everyday. If csx had been called, they would have provided a flagman (for a cost) to ensure positive protection for that crew. It is a federal law banning trespassing on the tracks at anytime.

Otto February 25, 2014, 15:22:46

I grew up playing on subway and railroad tracks. They are always safe if you follow the 2 rules.
Rule #1:
Rule #2

JH February 27, 2014, 09:50:44

CSX sucks – it is completely ridiculous to blame a company that wouldn’t allow its own employees do what the film crew was doing due to safety concerns. Seriously.

DannyF February 27, 2014, 12:09:30

There was a bed on train tracks. CSX was not notified. Doesn’t sound like the railroad’s fault to me. If someone placed a bed in your drive-way unbeknownst to you and you struck them while backing out would you feel accountable?

spikenyc March 4, 2014, 12:11:54

This is a tragedy.
With all the different reports coming out about who is responsible, the bottom line is that the production company is liable. They should have taken the correct measures and procedures to insure saftey on and around the train tracks. The location manager should have contacted all parties involved, that had any to do with the property they were filimng on.
Why does it seem like anything connected to Gregg Allman always has a black cloud hanging over it?

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