CSX: Filmmakers did not have permission to be on tracks

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Sep 03 2014 11:32:00 PM EDT
WAYNE COUNTY, Ga. -

Railroad company CSX Transportation said it twice denied producers of a movie about singer Gregg Allman the permission to shoot on the company's tracks before a freight train slammed into the film's crew, killing one worker and injuring six.

The deadly accident was in rural Wayne County in South Georgia. The crew was on a railroad bridge over the Altamaha River.

CSX is named as a defendant along with producers of the movie "Midnight Rider" in lawsuits by the parents of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant killed in the Feb. 20 crash, and two injured crew members. CSX filed a response Tuesday in Chatham County State Court and also sued the film's producers for trespassing.

Attorneys for the railroad deny the company was negligent or in any way responsible for the tragedy.

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