One Dead, Seven Injured in Gregg Allman Movie Train Accident
WSAV 3 reports that seven others were injured in the accident, which took place in Wayne County, Georgia. The names of the victims have not been released as of the posting of this article. According to Variety, the crew had placed a bed on the bridge's train tracks to film a dream sequence. They reportedly knew when two other trains were scheduled to cross the bridge, but the arrival of a surprise third train gave them less than a minute to get to safety.
An unnamed female second camera assistant was struck and killed by the train. The bed was also hit by the locomotive, and that debris struck several crew members, resulting in the seven other injuries. Reportedly one of those people was injured badly enough to be airlifted to a local hospital.
Their report goes on to say that the film's director, Randall Miller, was almost struck by the train, as he fell on the tracks while trying to clear the set. Luckily a photographer pulled him to safety. There is no indication that Allman himself was present at the time of the accident. 'Midnight Rider' is based on Allman's 2012 autobiography 'My Cross to Bear,' and stars William Hurt as the Allman Brothers Band organist and singer.
“CSX is deeply saddened by a tragedy that occurred late today on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, Ga., and is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate," reads a statement from the operator of the train line. "CSX personnel are working with first responders to meet the needs of those injured. A train was en route from Memphis to Savannah when the incident occurred.”
A publicist for the 'Midnight Rider' production issued the following statement: “All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.”