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‘Midnight Rider': Emergency Hearing Set Over Request To Seal Case Evidence

5 December 2014 3:36 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Will evidence in the ongoing Midnight Rider civil case be sealed after next week? An emergency hearing has been set for Friday morning in Georgia’s Chatham County court to address rail company Csx’s recent move to keep further photo and video evidence from going public. That request follows October’s major media reveal of footage from the February 20 train collision that killed 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured several other crew members working on the Gregg Allman biopic.

The motion will be heard by Judge Gregory V. Sapp on Friday, December 12 at 10:00 Am.

A persistent point of contention between the two has involved the action taken by Csx representatives before, during, and after the accident, which occurred when a Csx train hit a hospital bed and equipment the film’s crew had placed across active tracks without permission. Csx provided camera footage from three of four »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Midnight Rider’ Train Timeline Revealed As Csx Explains “Missing Tape”

3 December 2014 12:12 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Rail company Csx has taken heat for failing to provide footage from a fourth train that traversed the Doctortown trestle the afternoon of the fatal accident that killed Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones. But in a court filing this week the company explained they aren’t hiding anything – because they don’t even have the so-called “missing tape.”

Deflecting another volley in the ongoing wrongful death civil case brought by Jones’ parents, Csx revealed the timeline of the three Csx trains that passed the site of the collision before a fourth locomotive struck equipment and a hospital bed the crew had set up on the tracks in rural Georgia. (Read the Csx response here.) Jones was killed and several others injured when train Q12519 hit, while others made narrow escapes off the train bridge with only seconds to spare.

According to Csx, a total of three trains – and not two, »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Midnight Rider': Sarah Jones Family Fights “Frivolous” Motion To Seal Public Record

1 December 2014 1:50 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Court records in the ongoing wrongful death case of Sarah Jones should remain unsealed, the family of the Midnight Rider camera assistant argued today, calling rail company Csx’s attempt to stop further details from escaping into the media “groundless,” “frivolous,” “desperate” and “malicious.”

The back-and-forth between lawyers for the railroad company and the grieving Joneses has become increasingly accusatory in recent months. After Midnight Rider‘s director, producers and several other co-defendants reached a settlement with the family last month, Csx has remained the biggest — and most contentious — party still in the hot seat over Jones’ February 20 death during filming on a train trestle in rural Georgia.

In a strongly worded November 12 motion, defendant Csx asked a Chatham County judge to seal case findings and silence the Joneses’ lawyers from talking to the press about the civil case. Csx also accused the Jones legal team of leaking train-camera footage »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Midnight Rider’ Director, Producer Seek Escape From Trespass Case

25 November 2014 4:10 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Despite settling with the family of camera assistant Sarah Jones last week, Midnight Rider’s director and producer are still trying to escape the sights of rail company Csx. Randall Miller and Jody Savin today asked a Georgia court to dismiss them and their business entities from a cross-claim by Csx, whose remaining involvement in the ongoing civil suit filed by Jones’ family has kept the filmmakers tethered to the wrongful death case.

Csx accused Miller, Savin, Unclaimed Freight Productions, and Film Allman, LLC in September of intentional trespassing leading up to the February 20 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Jones. Jones died and several others were injured when a freight train collided into a hospital bed and equipment that the Midnight Rider crew had placed on Csx-owned tracks.

Now that Miller and Savin have settled with Jones’ parents, they’re arguing that their lingering battle with Csx is “essentially a »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Midnight Rider’ Director & Producers Reach Settlement In Wrongful Death Suit

19 November 2014 11:24 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The lawyer for the family of Sarah Jones said today that it has reached an agreement with Midnight Rider director Randall Miller, his wife and producer Jody Savin, and several crewmembers in the wrongful death civil lawsuit filed after their daughter was killed during production in February on a train trestle in rural Georgia.

Attorney Jeff Harris said the confidential agreement had been reached with Miller, Savin, their Unclaimed Freight production company, location manager Charles Baxter, unit production manager/executive producer Jay Sedrish and Jay Sedrish Inc, executive producer and financier Don Mandrick, first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, director of photography Mike Ozier, Epozier Films Inc and landowner Rayonier Performance Fibers Llc.

“Richard and Elizabeth Jones’ objectives in filing this lawsuit, after the death of their 27-year-old daughter, Sarah, have been clear and unwavering,” said Harris. “To find out what happened on the day of their daughter’s death, determine who was responsible, »

- Dominic Patten

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'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

19 November 2014 11:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The parents of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set, have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the defendants in their civil lawsuit, family attorney Jeff Harris announced Wednesday. In May, Jones' parents filed a wrongful death suit against several individuals and organizations affiliated with the Gregg Allman biopic, including the producers and director Randall Miller. Read more A Train, a Narrow Trestle and 60 Seconds to Escape: How 'Midnight Rider' Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life A settlement has been reached with Miller; producer Jody

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- Hilary Lewis

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‘Midnight Rider’: Wrongful Death Defendant Claims Video “Manipulated” On ’20/20′

13 November 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated With ABC News Statement: Two weeks after shocking footage from the train that killed Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones was revealed on the Oct. 31 episode of ABC’s 20/20, railroad company Csx is hitting back against the Jones family lawyers. In a motion filed this week in the ongoing wrongful death case against Csx and over a dozen other defendants (read it here), Csx accused Jones’ lawyers of slipping the train footage to ABC News and asked a Georgia court to block any further evidence from going public pre-trial.

The 20/20 episode aired footage from a camera on the train that was heading from Savannah to Manchester, Georgia on the afternoon of February 20. The segment revealed that the locomotive needed a mile to stop, and began sounding its whistle 26 seconds before impact. Stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell can be seen attempting to get to safety along with other crew »

- Jen Yamato

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Gregg Allman Dismissed from 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuits

4 November 2014 2:13 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Gregg Allman and his manager Michael Lehman have been dismissed from the various lawsuits brought against the production team of the upcoming biopic, Midnight Rider, after a train accident injured several and killed crew member Sarah Jones. While all plaintiffs voluntarily dropped their claims against Allman and Lehman, other parties remain implicated in the lawsuit.

"Gregg and I are pleased that the claims against us have been dismissed," Lehman said in a statement. "But it’s still with a heavy heart. We continue to have great empathy for the pain »

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Video: Moments Captured Before Sarah Jones’ Death on ‘Midnight Rider’ Set

1 November 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

An ABC News “20/20″ report on Friday included previously unseen footage of the final moments leading up to “Midnight Rider” camera assistant Sarah Jones’ tragic death in February.

The video comes from a camera that was inside the Csx locomotive that was speeding down the track before the accident. Two other crew members as well as film stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell ran for their lives seconds before impact, but Jones wasn’t able to make it off the trestle safely.

According to the report, a hospital bed that had been placed on the tracks (for the dream sequence being shot) was responsible for Jones’ death. It collided with the train, then struck Jones, pushing her into the deadly vehicle.

“The train hits the bed and the bed flies up and apparently a portion of the hospital bed strikes Sarah and pushes her into the train,” said Jeff Harris, the »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Video: Moments Captured Before Sarah Jones’ Death on ‘Midnight Rider’ Set

1 November 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An ABC News “20/20″ report on Friday included previously unseen footage of the final moments leading up to “Midnight Rider” camera assistant Sarah Jones’ tragic death in February.

The video comes from a camera that was inside the Csx locomotive that was speeding down the track before the accident. Two other crew members as well as film stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell ran for their lives seconds before impact, but Jones wasn’t able to make it off the trestle safely.

According to the report, a hospital bed that had been placed on the tracks (for the dream sequence being shot) was responsible for Jones’ death. It collided with the train, then struck Jones, pushing her into the deadly vehicle.

“The train hits the bed and the bed flies up and apparently a portion of the hospital bed strikes Sarah and pushes her into the train,” said Jeff Harris, the »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Gregg Allman, Open Road Dropped from ‘Midnight Rider’ Lawsuit

30 October 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The family of Sarah Jones — the camera assistant killed during the filming of “Midnight Rider” — has dismissed Gregg Allman, executive producer Michael Lehman and Open Road Films as defendants in its wrongful death suit.

The family filed the suit in May against the film’s director, producers, some of its crew, Allman, distributor Open Road Films and the companies that own the railroad tracks and surrounding land. The suit, which also includes charges of negligence, asks for unspecified damages for Jones’ death and pain and suffering, plus punitive damages.

Jones died on Feb. 20, just minutes into the first day of shooting of the Allman biopic. The crew was shooting a dream sequence in which a hospitalized Allman sees his dead brother Duane on a bridge when a train struck the bed, turning its metal parts into shrapnel. Several crew members suffered injuries as they were hit by flying metal or the train itself. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Midnight Rider': Open Road & Gregg Allman Dropped From Civil Suit

30 October 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The family of Sarah Jones said today that it has reached an agreement with Midnight Rider distributor Open Road Films and producers Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman to be dropped from their civil lawsuit over the death of the camera assistant on the set of the Allman biopic.

The news comes after lawyers for Open Road told a Georgia judge on Tuesday during a motions hearing that it was close to an agreement with Jones’ family. The hearing was continued to November 13.

“This [suit] is about the production and Open Road is a distributor — we only deal with things once the film is made, there is no reason for us to be here,” Open Road lawyer Marvin Putnam said following Tuesday’s hearing in Savannah. “And I think that is what the recordings and the papers will reflect.”

Said Jones family attorney Jeff Harris today in a release: “This firm was »

- The Deadline Team

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‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Kept In Dark Over Safety, Federal Investigation Reveals

30 October 2014 5:47 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: New, surprising details have emerged about the on-set death of 27-year-old camerawoman Sarah Jones during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider. Crew members were not told about an email from railroad owner Csx denying them permission to shoot on the Doctortown train trestle in rural Georgia, as at least 20 members piled onto the tracks 25 to 30 feet above the water under dangerous conditions led by director Randall Miller. See newly released pictures below to see (up close) the train tracks they shot on and the small walkway. The train accident left Jones dead and eight others injured, three of them hospitalized. Specific details of what happened on the tracks on the afternoon of February 20 were revealed in a play-by-play report by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which was considered the lead investigating body on the case.

The 182-page investigative report (read it here »

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‘Midnight Rider’ Motion Hearing Pushed As Open Road & Sarah Jones Family In Talks

28 October 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

A motions hearing as part of the civil suit filed on behalf of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones was pushed back this morning in Savannah, Ga, after lawyers for the film’s distributor Open Road Films revealed they were in talks with Jones’ family for a resolution that could come as soon as Tuesday.

Chatham County Judge Gregory Sapp continued the motions hearing to November 13 to wrap a hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes.

Among the key motions to be decided in the civil suit filed by Jones’ family against Open Road, landowner Rayonier Performance Fibers and a dozen others is whether Open Road and production entity Film Allman should be dismissed from the action. Open Road attorneys told Sapp this morning that the distributor and the family were in talks for a resolution, after which Sapp issued the continuance. No other motions were addressed.

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- Patty Leon, Special To Deadline

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Sarah Jones ‘Set Safety’ App Released For Production Pros – Update

14 October 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update: The Pledge to Sarah app, designed to boost safety on film and TV sets in memory of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones, is now available in the Mac and Android app stores as well as on the Pledge to Sarah website. It was created and crowdfunded by a group of anonymous production crew following the February 20 train tragedy that killed Jones and injured several other crew members.

“The site Pledge to Sarah and the Set Safety App were created because we believe that no one should ever lose their life due to an incident on a film production,” organizers said. “Whether it is an on-set safety issue or an exhausted drive home at the end of a long day, we all need to speak up and be heard.”

Previous Exclusive, Oct. 3: The free app created in honor of fallen Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones has debuted »

- Jen Yamato

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Gregg Allman Files New Claim Against ‘Midnight Rider’ Producers

14 October 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Singer Gregg Allman, the subject of “Midnight Rider,” has filed a new claim against the producers of “Midnight Rider” seeking idemnification from liability for the Feb. 20 accident on the set that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured eight others.

Allman, in a filing in Chatham County Court in Georgia on Tuesday, also is seeking a dismissal from the Jones’ family civil lawsuit, suggesting that the accident occurred as the filmmakers attempted to “steal a shot” on a live train trestle.

Allman and his manager, Michael Lehman, were executive producers of the movie but contend that they had no role in the production itself.

Rather, they say that they signed an agreement with Unclaimed Freight Prods., the company owned by director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin, that includes indemnification. But they say that Unclaimed Freight has failed to “provide any substantive response.”

In seeking dismissal from the Jones family civil suit, »

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Midnight Rider: Sarah Jones Safety App Debuts

3 October 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The late Sarah Jones, the camera assistant killed on the “Midnight Rider” set, has been honored with a free “Set Safety” app.

The app debuted Friday for Android users,  the “Pledge to Sarah” safety awareness group announced, adding that it expected the app to become available soon at the Apple platform.

The “Set Safety” app includes access to safety hotlines for reporting unsafe working conditions and access to Contract Services Administration Trust Fund safety bulletins.

The app also is designed so that photographic evidence of safety and time card violations can be sent anonymously to industry organizations.

The “Pledge to Sarah” group raised the funds via an Indiegogo campaign.

Jones’ death has sparked heightened awareness about safety issues within the below-the-line community.

Earlier this week, a Georgia judge scheduled March 9 as the start date for the trial of four defendants facing criminal charges related to the  Feb. 20 death of Jones »

- Dave McNary

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‘Midnight Rider’ Assistant Director Pleads Not Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

30 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director on the film “Midnight Rider,” became the fourth filmmaker charged with crimes stemming from the on-set train accident that killed crew member Sarah Jones. Schwartz pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court. She was indicted earlier in September on the same charges brought in July against director Randall Miller; his wife and business partner, Jody Savin; and the movie's executive producer, Jay Sedrish. Also read: ‘Midnight Rider’ Producers Cited for Willful and Serious Safety Violations by Osha A tentative trial date of was set for March 9 for. »

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‘Midnight Rider’ Trial Date Set For Indicted Filmmakers; 1st Assistant Director Hillary Schwartz Turns Herself In

30 September 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated With New Info: A trial date of March 9, 2015 has been set in the manslaughter and criminal trespass case of the four filmmakers indicted in the on-set death of 27-year-old Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones. Pre-trial motions will be heard for two days prior, on February 12-13, and jury selection will start a month later on March 9. The order was issued early this morning by Judge Anthony Harrison in the Wayne County (Ga) Superior Court during a special status conference hearing. All discovery must be entered into the court by December 10, 2014.

Meanwhile, newly indicted first assistant director Hillary Schwartz appeared in the Wayne County Superior Court Tuesday during the status conference attended by all lawyers from those indicted in this case. The court issued orders about further discovery, motions, whether cameras would be allowed in the courtroom (they will be via Rule 22 with five days notice), and other procedural issues. »

- Anita Busch and Jen Yamato

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'Midnight Rider' 1st A.D. Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter, Criminal Trespass

29 September 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The criminal case involving the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones has been expanded to include first assistant director Hillary Schwartz. Schwartz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, the same charges as those filed against director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish, Miller and Savin's attorney Don Samuel confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Schwartz was charged on Sept. 10 and is set to be arraigned on Tuesday morning at the Wayne County courthouse, Samuel added. Read more 'Midnight Rider': Sarah Jones Family Says Film's Distributor Can't Be Dismissed From Lawsuit Jones was

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- Hilary Lewis

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