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Attorney explains lawsuit against Allman, production companies

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An attorney for the family of Sarah Jones is revealing new details about the lawsuit filed over their daughter's death.

Sarah Jones was a crew member for the Gregg Allman biopic when she was killed in a train accident in Wayne County.

The lawsuit caught some attention because it names Allman as a defendant.

The attorney explained that was because Allman was listed as an executive producer on the film. The attorney also claimed that Allmen knew they would be filming on the train tracks and that the musician had claimed to have veto power and substantial control over the film being made about his life.

Seven crew members were injured and Jones was killed when a train came down the tracks as the crew was filming a dream sequence.

According to the lawsuit, the crew had less than 60 seconds to get themselves and their equipment off the tracks. The lawsuit claims filmmakers didn't have permission from CSX to be on the tracks.

Speaking from Atlanta, Jones' lawyer, Jeffry Harris, said the lawsuit isn't about the money. He said the family hopes through the legal discovery process to find out what exactly happened to Sarah, and to make sure it never happens again.

"It's not about bashing the Georgia film industry," said Harris. "It's about just reminding everybody that there's no reason someone should die when you make a movie. That's just unacceptable, and you shouldn't put your crew in danger in order to make a product that's meant to simply entertain."

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