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Train Hits Film Crew, Kills Female Crew Member

'Midnight Rider' project to continue despite tragic accident
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2014 3:01 PM CST

(Newser) – A movie crew shooting a film about the life of singer Gregg Allman was hit by a train this week in Jesup, Georgia, killing one crew member and injuring seven others, the AP reports. The crew was working on the tracks without permission on Thursday afternoon—either on the trestle that bridges the Altamaha River or on the river's edge—when a train hit the crew and their equipment, killing 27-year-old Sarah Jones. One other crew member was hurt seriously enough to be flown to a hospital in Savannah.

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The crew had an arrangement with the railway, CSX Railroad, but didn't have permission to film on the tracks, said the top detective on the case. He told WTOC that the investigation will be considered a homicide for now, "to ensure that we err on the side of caution." The Open Roads Films project—Midnight Rider, starring William Hurt—will still be released but there's no release date just yet, Deadline reports. Meanwhile, messages and tweets are emerging that grieve for Jones' tragic death, reports AccessAtlanta. "Sarah, you will be missed dearly," wrote an actress who has worked with her. "Your smile and love for life ... your daily ambition to make others smile ... will be remembered as long as we live." (Read more film stories.)

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