From Variety: ‘Midnight Rider’ Suspends Production After Fatal Train Accident (EXCLUSIVE):
“Midnight Rider,” the Gregg Allman biopic on which a crew member was killed last week, has suspended production.
Crew members are being released, though they’ve been told that they will be recalled at some future date.
Sarah Jones, the second camera assistant, was killed Thursday on the production’s first day of shooting near Jessup, Georgia. The company was shooting a dream sequence on a railroad trestle, with a hospital bed on the tracks, when a train came across the bridge. Star William Hurt, director Randall Miller and the production’s still photographer tried to get the bed off the tracks but did not have time.
This is the first mention in the press of star William Hurt having been on the scene of the tragic accident.
Variety also notes the possibility of criminal charges and the seeming likelihood of lawsuits. This could get ugly — or maybe I should say uglier.
Meanwhile, the new Slates for Sarah Facebook page has over 30,000 fans, and there’s a movement that has been gaining steam to have Sarah Jones included in the memorial tribute that is included at each year’s Academy Awards. Click here for the petition.
Here’s just one of many posts from that Slates for Sarah Facebook page: