Another new development has emerged in the aftermath of February's fatal accident that occurred during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider. Filmmakers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass on Thursday, July 3, by Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court in connection with the incident, which left 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones dead and seven other crew members injured.
The accident occurred when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge in Doctortown Landing, Georgia, where the filmmakers were attempting to shoot a dream sequence involving one of the movie's stars, William Hurt. The production apparently hadn't secured permission to film on the train tracks.
In Georgia, a manslaughter conviction could result in a 10-year prison sentence, while criminal trespass carries a possible 12-month term. Miller and Savin, who are married, are the owners of Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc., the company that's producing Midnight Rider. Miller also is directing the flick, while Sedrish is serving as executive producer and unit production manager.
The Wayne County Sheriff's office began investigating the incident right after it happened, and a grand jury impaneled on Wednesday returned an indictment shortly after Detective Joe Gardner presented the case to them.
Miller, Savin and Sedrish, along with Allman and a number of other parties, also are facing a number of lawsuits connected to the accident. One of the cases is a wrongful death suit filed in May by Jones' parents that, as reported by Deadline, alleges that the filmmakers "operated without minimum safety precautions and contrary to standard industry practices for productions of this scale and for productions involving dangerous filming conditions."
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