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Settlement reached in death of film worker hit by train while shooting Allman film in Georgia


ATLANTA — The family of a film worker killed when she was hit along train tracks while shooting a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman announced a settlement Wednesday with several defendants.

Richard and Elizabeth Jones of Columbia, South Carolina, the parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, sued Unclaimed Freight Productions, Inc., Rayonier Fibers, LLC, and several others. Many are included in the settlement, attorneys from the Harris Penn Lowry law firm said in a statement.

Attorneys for Jones' family said the terms are confidential.

Jones died Feb. 20, during the first day of filming "Midnight Rider" when a freight train slammed into the movie crew on a railroad bridge near Savannah, Georgia. Six other workers were injured.

Gregg Allman had also been listed in the suit but was dropped from it in late October.

Allman's attorney, David Long-Daniels, has previously said Allman had little to do with the movie aside from licensing the rights to his memoir "My Cross To Bear." CSX railroad and Meddin Studios are still listed as defendants, according to the statement from the family's lawyers.

Jones' father, Richard Jones said in a statement that his family is continuing to advocate for safety on film sets through the Sarah Jones Film Foundation.

Director Randall Miller and three other filmmakers have been indicted on criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and trespassing in rural Wayne County where the crash occurred. Sheriff's investigators concluded the filmmakers went onto the railroad bridge spanning the Altamaha River to shoot footage after CSX denied them permission.

Some previous versions had spelling as Greg Allman.

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