Train incident scene (Source: Wayne County Sheriff's Office)
Sarah Jones (Source: South Carolina Film Council on Facebook)
(Source: South Carolina Film Council on Facebook)
WAYNE CO., GA (WTOC) -
The Wayne County Sheriff's Office have released the name of an Atlanta woman who was killed by a train on Thursday afternoon.
Wayne County sheriff's deputies responded at about 4:30 p.m. to a report of people struck by a train at the Doctortown train trestle.
Deputies arrived to find that several people from Open Road films and Meddin Studios in Savannah were on the train tracks as part of the filming of "Midnight Rider", a movie about Gregg Allman.
The northbound train hit some of those filming the movie. Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, of Atlanta was fatally struck by the train, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.
Six others were injured. One person was flown to a Memorial University Medical Center and others were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Det. Joe Gardner said that preliminary information suggested the crew did not have permission to be on the actual tracks, but they had permission from Rayonier. The railroad tracks are the property of CSX.
They are still trying to investigate if anyone was actually hit by the train or if the injuries and the fatality were caused by flying debris.
The sheriff's office did say that there was a mattress on the tracks as part of the filming, but they couldn't confirm if anyone was lying on it.
CSX Railroad personnel, Rayonier Miller personnel, and film crew personnel are cooperating with the investigation, according to the sheriff's Office.
Open Road Films are the U.S. distributors. Unclaimed Freight are the producers.