Family of Sarah Jones files lawsuit against Gregg Allman, Unclaimed Freight
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
New details have been released about the lawsuit the parents of Sarah Jones has filed.
Jones was killed on a Wayne County train trestle, struck by a freight train crossing the tracks while filmmakers were shooting Gregg Allman's biopic.
According to the suit filed on Wednesday, Jones and the rest of the crew were told that if a train came across the trestle, they would have 60 seconds to act.
That included grabbing cameras and removing a hospital bed laid across the tracks for shooting, as well as getting themselves to safety. Their only route to safety was to run toward the oncoming train.
The lawsuit claims Jones and the rest of the crew didn't even have a full minute when a train the filmmakers hadn't expected came barreling down the tracks.
The lawsuit claims an official with the Rayonier Corporation, the company that owns the property on the riverbank, told filmmakers two trains would come down the tracks that day in February when Jones was killed.
The suit alleges filmmakers never got permission from CSX to film on the tracks, and that the conductor didn't try to stop after spotting the crew. The lawsuit also takes aim at Gregg Allman. The film is based on his autobiography.
Other defendants include the Los Angeles production company Unclaimed Freight and Savannah's Meddin Studios, which was contracted to work on the film.
WTOC reached out to Allman's publicist, to Unclaimed Freight, to Meddin Studios, to CSX and to Rayonier. None of them are commenting.