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Production Stalled On Gregg Allman Biopic After Crew Member Death


Production has not surprisingly been temporarily halted on the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider" after the February 20 freight train accident that killed one crew member and injured several others.

Police in Georgia are currently investigating the incident, which occurred when the crew was shooting a scene that involved a bed on a railroad track in Wayne County, Ga.; camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed after being struck by the train while trying to clear the bed from the tracks, according to reports.

Filmmakers and the CSX rail company are disputing whether the crew had permission to shoot there in the first place. The trade magazine Variety writes that "it appears the production did not follow the safety procedures typical of a film shoot that has the cooperation of the railroad," which, if true, could lead to charges of criminal trespass, obstructing a railroad line and possibly even homicide, and there's also the potential of a civil suit by Jones` family.

A funeral for Jones is scheduled for March 5 in Columbia, S.C, and a Facebook page titled Slates for Sarah has been established in her memory. There's no word yet on when filming will resume on "Midnight Rider," which is based on Allman's memoir "My Cross To Bear" and stars Tyson Ritter and William Hurt as Allman at various ages.