Police investigate after filmaker killed by train
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 02:39:37 PM EST
The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a train fatality that occurred Thursday near Jesup as a homicide.
Investigators say a 27-year-old woman was killed and seven others were injured at about 4 p.m. Thursday when a group of people making a film on the life of Gregg Allman was struck by a freight train on a trestle over the Altamaha River.
The crew was filming a biopic about musician Allman to be called "Midnight RIder." Those involved were members of Meddin Studios.
Authorities say the crew was operating without permission of the railroad.
"We're going to collect all the film data that we can. So far, the production company, CSX, Rayonier have all been cooperative," said Detective Joe Gardner, of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. "They're all giving us as much or at least pledged to give us as much film, evidence, whatever types of communications they had prior to the incident that happened."
Published reports and friends of the victim's family confirm she was from Columbia, S.C. That has not been confirmed by officials as the victim's name has not yet been released.
The films production crew released a statement on the tragedy saying, "All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened Thursday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member."