‘Midnight Rider’ Accident Footage Released


Video taken moments before production assistant Sarah Jones was killed on the set of stalled Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider aired on 20/20 last Friday.

Jones, 27, was struck by a train while the crew was filming on a trestle in Georgia in February, and on Friday, TV producers broadcast footage taken from a camera inside the locomotive as it speed down the track towards the production.

The video, shown once at normal speed and then slowed down, shows actors William Hurt and Wyatt Russell running off the trestle three seconds before impact.

In the report, it is noted that a hospital bed was placed across the tracks for a dream sequence and it was that prop that caused the Jones tragedy. Her parents’ lawyer Jeff Harris says, “The train hits the bed and the bed flies up and apparently a portion of the hospital bed strikes Sarah and pushes her into the train.”

The program also featured onset photographs, the emergency call plus testimonials from hairstylist Joyce Gilliard, who was also injured during the incident, and Jones’ parents Richard and Elizabeth.

Production was halted following the accident.

Director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz are facing a civil lawsuit from Jones’ parents plus criminal charges for involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.

They have pleaded not guilty to the counts and are due to stand trial in March of next year.

Rocker Gregg Allman, a producer on the film, was dropped from the civil lawsuit last Thursday.

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