Sunday, February 23, 2014

Crew member killed on set of Gregg Allman film

A crew member was killed and four others injured Thursday in an accident on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic, “Midnight Rider.”

Variety reports a second camera assistant was killed Thursday afternoon in Savannah, Georgia when a freight train struck her during the filming of a dream sequence on a railroad trestle.

The crew, including director Randall Miller, had placed a bed on the tracks for the scene and was expecting two trains on the local bridge – one in each direction – when a third train arrived unexpectedly.

A whistle warned the crew members of the next train, giving them less than a minute, which was too late.

Miller and a still photographer rushed to get the bed off the tracks while the rest of the crew tried to get off the bridge on a plank walk-way. They were still trying to get off the bridge when the train arrived, striking and killing the crew member.

“I am so terribly saddened by the news of the tragedy that took the young life of Sarah Elizabeth Jones on the film set,” said Gregg Allman. “My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning.”

“Midnight Rider” tells the story of Gregg Allman's journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band, which saw the musician succumb to the excesses of rock 'n' roll.

The film stars Tyson Ritter - the lead singer/songwriter of the All American Rejects – as a young Gregg Allman, William Hurt as the present-day version of Allman, and Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane.

Gregg recently confirmed that the Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after marking their 45th anniversary this year.

The group will launch their final residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 7; they’ll play 14 dates at the venue before hosting their 10th annual Wanee Music Festival in Florida in April.

See also:

Gregg Allman biopic adds three more actors
Allman Brothers biography due next week
Gregg Allman biopic update
Allman Brothers Band to split after 45 years
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