In February a camera operator named “Sarah Jones” was killed by moving train on the set of “Midnight Rider,” the bio film about rock star Greg Allman. Production on the film recently restarted and there are those who take issue with the production company “Unclaimed Freight” and are urging the film crew to boycott the project because of her death.
Michael F. Miller Jr, the international vice president of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, had this to say:
“We have demanded that they provide clearances from any and all governmental agencies and/or police agencies that are investigating this company and the individuals involved.”
Also, a Facebook group called I REFUSE to work on Midnight Rider! For Sarah!!! has been created to honor her and has gained over 4,000 members. The purpose of the group is to encourage people who work in the entertainment business to not work with the company and/or the production. Here is their mission statement on group site:
“This group is for people who REFUSE to work on the show that was responsible for the death of Sarah Jones. Unclaimed Freight Productions, the production company, is planning to bring “Midnight Rider” to Los Angles to shoot. Let’s continue to stand up for Sarah and for Sarah’s parents by REFUSING to work on this show. Lets shut them down!”
On February 20 Jones was killed, and six other crew members injured, during a pre-production shoot on George railway trestle. A sequence was being filmed when a train unexpectedly came through.
“Midnight Rider” star William Hurt said the accident happened in the blink of an eye: “We didn’t have sixty seconds” to react. “We had less than thirty.”
Georgia authorities are still investigating Jones death
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Source: Ultimate Classic Rock