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NTSB: Film crew trespassed on CSX right-of-way

One member of crew filming story of Greg Allman killed near Jesup, Georgia

Elizabeth and Richard Jones show a photo of their daughter, Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistantkilled Feb. 20 by a freight train while filming a movie in southeast Georgia.
Elizabeth and Richard Jones show a photo of their daughter, Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistantkilled Feb. 20 by a freight train while filming a movie in southeast Georgia. (AP photo by David Goldman)

JESUP, Ga. – The National Transportation Safety Board determined the cause of a train accident that killed a film crew member near Jesup, Georgia, last February.

The NTSB said the crew filming a movie about Greg Allman trespassed onto the CSX Transportation right-of-way at the Altahama River bridge, despite CSX's repeated denial of permission to access the railroad property.

Contributing to the accident was the adjacent property owner's actions to facilitate the film crew's access to the right-of-way and bridge, according to the NTSB report.

A crew of at least 12 people was filming a movie scene on a railroad bridge in February 2014 when a northbound CSX freight train approached.  As the train passed the film crew's location on the bridge, it struck a prop -- a metal-framed bed.

Debris from the prop struck some crew members on the bridge walkway. One film crew member was killed, and six others with injuries were transported to local hospitals. 

Click here for the NTSB report and links to related reports.