‘Midnight Rider’ filmmakers charged with involuntary manslaughter in Sarah Jones’ death

Midnight Rider director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The filmmakers have also been charged with criminal trespass.

On February 20, a train hit Miller’s film crew on a railroad bridge in rural Wayne County southwest of Savannah, Georgia, The Associated Press reports. Jones was killed by the train and six other crew members were injured. According to The AP, officials have said that the film crew was given the green light to film on industrial property surrounding the railroad bridge, but not to film on the train tracks themselves.

According to AceShowbiz, under Georgia law, a manslaughter conviction would carry a sentence of 10 years in jail.

The BBC notes that filming on Midnight Rider was halted after Sarah’s death, and actor William Hurt, who was set to play Greg Allman, dropped out of the film.