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Sarah Jones' parents suing 'Midnight Rider' producers

By Kyle Johnson,

The parents of the camera assistant who was killed while working on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider filed a civil lawsuit against the film's producers.

The lawsuit names several plaintiffs, including the production company, director Randall Miller and CSX railroad. Rayonier, who owns the land the train tracks go through is also named, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The civil suit alleges that all four plaintiffs are guilty of negligence in the death of Sarah Jones, who was hit and killed by a train while working on Midnight Rider. They are asking for unspecified damages.

Jones died in February, while shooting a dream sequence with a bed on train tracks. Crew members involved had about a minute of advance warning if a training was coming down the tracks and Jones was unable to get out of the way in time.

Production was halted indefinitely and Allman, who is the focus of the film, begged Miller to permanently shut down any further work on the film. He then filed his own lawsuit saying that the company had not completed specific requirements in time - such as starting principal photography by Feb. 28, meaning film rights lapsed.

In May, Allman decided to drop the lawsuit after the two sides were able to come to an agreement over issues.

The film's star, William Hurt, also dropped out of the project shortly after Jones' passing.

 
 

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