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'Midnight Rider' production company cited for Sarah Jones death


Film Allman LLC, the production company for the Gregg Allman biopic, "Midnight Rider" has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. One willful violation, and one serious citation were received for the train accident during shooting, which injured crew members, and killed 27-year–old Sarah Jones.

OSHA initiated the inspection in response to the accident that occurred during the filming of a scene on railroad tracks in Wayne County. While the crew was filming, a CSX Corp. train was traveling on the tracks that the crew was using.

Crew members attempted to remove set pieces from the trestle, but were unable to outrun the train. Jones was killed, and eight other crew members were injured by debris.

The release said:

A willful citation was issued for the employer's failure to provide safety measures to protect employees from moving trains. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The serious citation was issued for exposing workers to fall hazards while working on a train trestle that was not equipped with safety guardrails or other fall protection measures. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Film Allman LLC has 15 business days to comply with the citations, and proposed penalties, or request a conference with OSHA's Savannah area director, or lastly contest the findings before an OSHA commission.

Proposed penalties total $74,900.

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