A train accident on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider" killed one crew member and injured several others on Thursday (February 21) in Wayne County, Ga.
The production was shooting a scene that involved laying a bed on a railroad trestle; two trains were expected to be coming through during the filming time, but an unexpected third train also showed up, giving the crew less than a minute to clear out.
A second camera assistant was killed as she, director Randall Miller ad a still photographer worked to get the bed off the tracks; Miller reportedly fell and was pulled to safety by the photographer.
Several people were injured by debris from the bed, which exploded when the train hit it. One seriously injured staffer was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in nearby Savannah, while others were treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup, Ga.
The production issued a statement saying that, "All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today. Our thoughts are prayers are with the family of our crew member."
CSX, the rail line, also issued a statement that the company "is deeply saddened by a tragedy that occurred...on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, Ga., and is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate...CSX personnel are working with first responders to meet the needs of those injured. A train was en route from Memphis to Savannah when the incident occurred."
The film stars Tyson Ritter and William Hurt as Allman at different points in his life. Allman is an executive producer on the film but was not on the set at the time of the incident.