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Published: 2014/07/15

Midnight Rider Director, Producers Surrender to Georgia Police

Photo: Joshua Timmermans

The director and two producers of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider have turned themselves in to the authorities in Wayne County, GA. As previously reported, director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish were recently charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing for their role in the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Both Miller and Savin have since been released on bail.

Jones was killed when she was struck by a train while filming a dream sequence for Midnight Rider in Wayne County on February 20. Production on the film has been suspended since the accident, and star William Hurt has pulled out of the project. A number of civil suits have also been filed against Miller, Savin, Sedrich and others, including a suit against Allman himself.

Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in Georgia, while criminal trespass carries a potential sentence of one year.


There are 11 comments associated with this post

Personal responsibiltiy July 15, 2014, 11:55:05

How did she not hear a train coming and look both ways? I mean come on. People are always trying to blame someone. A traintrack is about 3 feet accross. If you were paying any level of attention you could get out of the way in plenty of time.

todd July 15, 2014, 11:59:59

Read a story on what happened. Your response is that of an utter and complete moron.

M July 15, 2014, 12:08:48

Personal…..they were in a pretty bad situation. You should read up on it before forming a very wrong opinion of the situation

asdf July 15, 2014, 12:20:20

Pretty awful stuff…

BS July 15, 2014, 12:27:05

They were on a bridge shooting a scene. The death of Sarah Jones on the location site of a movie based on the life of Gregg Allman has prompted production to be suspended while a homicide investigation takes place. Yesterday (March 4), some new information has come to light about what happened that tragic day.
The Hollywood Reporter has an extended report, featuring a graphic eyewitness account from Joyce Gilliard, a hairstylist who survived the harrowing accident. Jones was struck by a train on Feb. 20 as it crossed the Altamaha River, where the crew were filming a dream sequence that involved a bed being placed across the tracks. Gilliard said that, on the day of the shoot, the crew was warned that, if a train approached, they only had 60 seconds to clear the site. “Everybody on the crew was tripping over that,” she recounted. “A minute? Are you serious?”
Fortunately, Gilliard managed to barely escape by hanging on to one of the trestle’s girders, but the force of the train as it passed resulted in a compound fracture in her left arm. She has been told that it will never be straightened again, and she has nightmares daily as a result of the tragedy.
Investigations have begun as to whether or not the film’s producer and director, Randall Miller, took the necessary safety precautions and/or had permission to shoot on the tracks. Miller’s production company, Unclaimed Freight, has been accused of unsafely shooting films in the past, albeit with no injuries. Miller could possibly be charged with negligent homicide. Read More: More Details Emerge in Gregg Allman Film Death |

Dean Donato July 15, 2014, 12:32:00

I feel bad about this. But precautions should have been taken. They weren’t, now someone’s dead and production is stopped… Oh, and William Hurt to star, Bullshit!! He is totally wrong for the part….

Personal Responsibility July 15, 2014, 14:07:44

Well damn I feel bad for saying that now.
Nowhere in this article does it mention this happened on a bridge or that they weren’t authorized to be there. Stand By Me’d

dk70 July 15, 2014, 14:41:01

What horrible tragedy. The minute anyone on set tells me: “If a train comes…” I am out of there.

mulebyrd July 15, 2014, 16:44:05

bottom line. it should have been avoided. ppl hit by trains way too often. let a poor boy ride.

The whole story July 15, 2014, 18:21:24

cooper July 16, 2014, 08:44:14

The real problem is the idiot director was rejected by the rail company and village! He did it as a scam and ended up killing an innocent worker! Most of the crew didn’t know that the director was told NO, he isn’t allowed to shoot there. He deserves to go to jail. He killed an innocent person!

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