A train crash on Thursday killed one young woman and injured seven others on a film crew while they were working on the tracks. They allegedly did not have permission to be on the tracks themselves as they filmed for the upcoming Midnight Rider -- a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman.
The crash took place about 60 miles southwest of Savannah, at a railroad trestle crossing the Altamaha River. The land is privately owned by paper mill company Rayonier, and the tracks by CSX Railroad. The crew had permission from Rayonier to film on their land, and although CSX was aware that they were there, they had not given permission to be on the tracks.
The woman killed was 27-year old Sarah Elizabeth Jones, and one other person was injured enough to be life-flighted to a nearby hospital. It is thought that many of the injuries sustained may have been from flying debris.
On Friday, a publicist for the film studio let out a brief statement about the accident, saying, "All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today … our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member."
CSX also said they were “deeply saddened” by the incident, and that they’re cooperating with investigators.
Joe Gardener, the lead detective on the case, said he didn’t know if the crew was trying to film a train approaching on the tracks, or if they were surprised by one. "That's a very active train track," he said. "There's probably anywhere from up to 10 trains a day that go through on those tracks."
Is a risk like being on the railroad tracks ever worth it?
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