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Attorney: Family Of Camera Assistant Killed In 'Midnight Rider' Train Shoot Preparing Lawsuit

Updated: 9 months ago.
Camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train in Wayne County, Ga., while on the set of the film "Midnight Rider." Photo Credit: Wayne County Sheriff

A lawyer for the family of a camera assistant killed by a train while working on a movie set in coastal Georgia says he’s preparing a lawsuit.

Sarah Jones, 27, of Atlanta, died Feb. 20 while working on the set of the Allman Brothers biopic “Midnight Rider.”

Jeff Harris of the Savannah law firm Harris Penn Lowry says he’s working with a South-Carolina based lawyer for Jones’ family.

“They believe this is a preventable tragedy and they don’t want to have this happen on any other film set,” he says. “They don’t want any family to suffer in the way they’ve suffered. Sometimes lawsuits can change behavior, and we believe this is a case that can make sure that film sets are safer.”

Harris says he’s collecting documents and interviewing witnesses in preparation for a civil lawsuit he expects to file “in the next several weeks,” most likely in the State Court of Chatham County.

“I’m looking at everyone who is out there,” Harris says. “I’m not saying at this point in time who’s responsible, but anyone who was involved in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah’s death may potentially have liability.”

A Wayne County sheriff’s detective says CSX railroad officials told his investigators that the film crew did not have permission to film on the railroad. Federal, state, and local officials also are investigating.

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