The family of a camera assistant who was killed by a train on a railroad bridge while working on a movie in Georgia in 2014 was awarded $3.9 million today. The AP reports that the jury found “the railroad’s owner shared in the blame for the deadly freight train collision even though the film crew was trespassing.”
“The parents of Sarah Jones sued CSX Transportation in Chatham County State Court, saying the railroad shared blame for their daughter’s death,” the story reports. “The 27-year-old camera assistant died in the crash Feb. 20, 2014, during the first day of shooting ‘Midnight Rider,’ an ill-fated movie about Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.”
Allman died in May at age 69, but the production has been in limbo since the crash, and before his death Allman went to court to prevent the project from moving forward.
“The film’s director, Randall Miller, served a year in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges,” the AP reports. “Jones’ parents, Richard and Elizabeth Jones of Columbia, South Carolina, said CSX also failed to take precautions that could have averted the crash on a trestle spanning the Altamaha River near Jesup in southeast Georgia.”
Jacksonville, Fla.-based CSX indicated it will appeal the ruling.