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Production cited following Sarah Jones' death

Sarah Jones was killed and eight other crew members were injured while filming "Midnight Rider" (Source: Facebook/Slates For Sarah) Sarah Jones was killed and eight other crew members were injured while filming "Midnight Rider" (Source: Facebook/Slates For Sarah)
JESUP, GA (WECT) -

The production company for the biopic Midnight Rider has been cited following the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones.

Jones was killed and eight other workers were injured while filming on a railroad bridge in Georgia.

The production company, Film Allman LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for "one willful and one serious safety violation for exposing employees to struck-by and fall hazards."

According to OSHA reports the production was filming a scene on the tracks of the Doctortown train trestle in Georgia that spans the Altamaha River. While the crew was filming, a train began crossing the bridge forcing crew members to run from the trestle while trying to remove set pieces.

Unfortunately, they were unable to outrun the oncoming train resulting in and Jones' death and eight other crew members being injured by debris when the train hit a hospital bed being used as a set piece.

The film community across the country remembered Jones on social media by writing her name on their slates before filming a scene using #SlatesForSarah in her honor.

"Their failure to develop a safety plan to prevent such hazards, including obtaining permission from the rail owner to use the tracks for filming, led to the death of one crew member and injuries to eight other employees," said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA's Regional Administrator for the Southeast.

"Employers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect workers' health and safety, and the entertainment industry is no exception," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle."

Proposed penalties total $74,900. Jones' family has filed a lawsuit against the production as well.

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