Moment film crew flees tracks before train kills camerawoman (video)

Film crew and actors, including Kurt Russell's son, ran for their lives

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Moment crew flees tracks before train kills camerawoman (video)


A horrifying new video shows the moments before a young camera assistant was killed by a train while shooting scenes for a movie on a railway.

The actors and crew working on the Greg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider, can be seen running for their lives as the oncoming right train blasts its horn.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son Wyatt Russell was one of the actors on the train track in rural Georgia struggling with a prop hospital bed they were using to shoot a scene with award-winning actor William Hurt.



Camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed in the incident on 20 February 2014, dying instantly after being hit by the train.

Investigators found the crew had abandoned the prop bed on the tracks, a move that may have cost Jones her life. It is believed a piece of flying debris may have knocked her onto the tracks.

Six other crew members were injured in the accident, including a hairstylist whose arm was snapped when it was sucked into the passing train.

According to the NY Daily News, the video was played in court on Tuesday during the trail of Midnight Rider assistant director Hillary Schwartz, who was convicted of charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, receiving 10 years probation.

Executive producer Jay Sedrish pleaded guilty to the same charges and received 10 years probation.

Director Randall Miller also pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday and was sentenced to two years in jail with eight years probation.

According to the Daily Mail, prosecutors said all three defendants knew that CSX Transportation, which owned the trestle spanning the Altamaha River, had denied them permission in writing to film on its tracks.

Miller's attorney said the director had never intended to put his crew at risk, and mistakenly believed there were no more trains running that day.

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