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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The parents of Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed in a train accident on the Georgia set of Midnight Rider in February, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that the film site was "unreasonably dangerous," accusing rock star Gregg Allman and the producers of the film of overlooking "minimum safety precautions" and shooting the scene without permission. Jones was one of more than a dozen movie crew and cast members, including Academy award-winning actor William Hurt, who walked onto an active train trestle high above a Georgia river in Feb. 2014. A third train did approach the narrow century-old trestle, traveling nearly 60 miles per hour. As the train grew closer, the crew scattered, running for their lives and hanging onto the railing. Multiple crew members were injured, but the one person who did not survive was Jones.

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I've always found Greg Allman to be the epitome of safe and sober entertainment. Loved those Brothers, though.

#1 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-05-22 08:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

The death of Sarah Jones is a tragedy. He died trying to do her job. Part of it is to take care of the equipment. She died trying get equipment off the tracks. Hopefully, her death will help to make others who do the job she had safer.

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-05-22 08:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sometimes you've got to choo -choo choose to be a little intelligent.

#4 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-05-22 08:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is what happens when employees have no leverage over their employers - they can get killed.

Her production was trying to cut corners and save money by "stealing shots" on a day meant for camera prep and testing. This is a common practice by greedy producers who are allowed to get away with it all the time, because workers need to feed their families and no one hires a tattle tale.

She was trying to establish her career and be a good little worker bee. The richer people up the chain of command put her life in danger - and ended it - so that they didn't have to pay what the shots would have cost if they had been executed properly.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-22 10:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not into watching the Clooney movie trailer so didn't read the article.

Railroad tracks are a bad place to play though. Good luck trying to get money out of the railroad.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-22 11:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-22 10:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

That's why we have the courts to decide such matters. As I assume you were not there personally, yet I would not be surprised to find you correct, you don't know the full details.

If it was truly a wrongful death, then by all means make the producers pay, but to just assume the accident was the fault of greedy people is an assumption you can not verify.

#7 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-23 12:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

That's why we have the courts to decide such matters. As I assume you were not there personally, yet I would not be surprised to find you correct, you don't know the full details.

If it was truly a wrongful death, then by all means make the producers pay, but to just assume the accident was the fault of greedy people is an assumption you can not verify.

#7 | Posted by danv

I'm close to a lot of people in that industry and I've read a lot about how she was killed. The story will be told in court, but what happened has already come out from reports of people who were there. Producers do stuff like this all the time. Usually the smaller the budget, the more they try to get away with in terms of taking risks and cutting corners. Larger UNIONIZED (gasp!) productions are usually safer than the shoestring budget ones.

Courts might decide who was at fault, but that won't bring the victim back. Only empowering workers to stand up against abusive employers could have prevented it from happening. Hollywood has the attitude of "you're lucky to be working here and if you don't like it we'll find someone else who won't complain." Her death is the ultimate result of the powerless employee system.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-23 02:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

If only the engineer had been able to kick her in the head with his boot.

#9 | Posted by rearendhat at 2014-05-23 07:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

David Lean's worst moment:

www.youtube.com

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-23 10:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

Railroad tracks are a bad place to play though. Good luck trying to get money out of the railroad.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL

Not the RR, the film company.

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-23 11:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

This should be a standard work comp case like any other work place fatality.

the death benefit of either the State of Georgia or the domiciled state of the production company will prevail, depending on which direction the victim's family goes.

However, if the victim had no dependents, the work comp benefit will be pretty small. If there is negligence on the part of the employer, then there could be some civil consequences.....but probably not that likely.

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2014-05-23 12:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Not the RR, the film company."

They're lawyers... they sue everyone they think has money.

Including, in this case, "the owners of the tracks and surrounding land".

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-23 01:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

"If there is negligence on the part of the employer, then there could be some civil consequences.....but probably not that likely.
#12 | Posted by eberly"

Don't most workers' comp systems bar negligence claims against employers?

#14 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-05-23 05:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

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