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Sheriff releases deputy's report on train fatality

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The report from a Wayne County sheriff's deputy sheds some light on a railroad tragedy Thursday.

A film production crew set up a shoot on the train trestle over the Altamaha River off Doctortown Road. A member of the crew, Sarah Elizabeth Jones, was killed and others injury when a train came over the trestle.

The train struck a matress and other set items as well as the crew.

Deputy Ben Robertson spoke with production crew members, CSX employees, as well as staff from nearby Rayonier, whose property surrounds the train tracks to the Altamaha River.

Robertson's report stated a CSX employee questioned film production manager Jay Sedrish on whether the crew had CSX permission to be on the tracks. Robertson's report stated Sedrish replied "That's complicated."

The railroad employee also told Robertson that CSX had previously denied the crew permission to shoot on the tracks.

WTOC contacted CSX by phone Monday for details on that denial, and the company reinterated their previous statement:

"CSX is deeply saddened by the tragedy on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, Ga., and continues to cooperate fully with authorities. A train was en route from Memphis, TN to Savannah, GA when the incident occurred Thursday afternoon.  The details of this accident are under investigation."

The case remains under investigation by railroad police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

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