New details have come to light about the deadly accident on the set of the forthcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. One crew member was killed while filming in rural Georgia and several others, including the director, were injured.
The death took place while the crew was shooting near a railway bridge in Doctortown, Georgia.
The crew was aware that some train traffic was expected throughout the day but caught off guard when an unexpected train, operated by CSX, suddenly appeared.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the crew was informed that they may have only sixty seconds to vacate the tracks in the occasion that a train approached.
Producer and director Randall Miller is now at the center of a homicide investigation and questions about his possible negligence have pulled the production to a halt.
"This was no accident," said Ray Brown, president of the Motion Picture Studio Mechanics union local 479 in Atlanta. "When I have done train work or around trains for smaller productions up to major blockbusters, there are always several railroad personnel there with their hard hats, glasses and radios, and I can't imagine a more structured safety protocol even beyond airlines than the rail system."
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