Di­rec­tor, 2 more in­dicted in fa­tal Ga. train crash

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

SA­VAN­NAH, Ga. (AP) — The di­rec­tor of a movie about singer Gregg All­man and two other ex­ec­u­tives on the project were in­dicted Thurs­day on felony charges stem­ming from a fa­tal crash in which a freight train plowed into the film’s crew in south­east Ge­or­gia.

A grand jury in ru­ral Wayne County re­turned charges of in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter and crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing against “Mid­night Rider” di­rec­tor Ran­dall Miller as well as his wife and busi­ness part­ner, Jody Savin, and the film’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Jay Sedr­ish.

If con­victed, the film­mak­ers each could face up to 11 years in prison for the Feb. 20 death of Sarah Jones. The 27-year-old cam­era as­sis­tant from At­lanta was killed and six other crew mem­bers were struck by a train while shoot­ing footage on a rail­road bridge span­ning the Al­tamaha River south­west of Sa­van­nah. Au­thor­i­ties say the train was trav­el­ing at 55 mph when it crashed into the crew and a bed that had been placed on the tracks as a movie prop.

Jones’ par­ents, who have filed a civil law­suit against the three in­dicted film­mak­ers and oth­ers, stopped short of prais­ing the de­ci­sion to seek a crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion.

Wayne County sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors have said film­mak­ers had per­mis­sion to be on property sur­round­ing the tracks from the landowner, for­est-prod­ucts com­pany Ray­onier, but lacked per­mis­sion from CSX Rail­road to be film­ing on the ac­tual train tracks.

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