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  • 22 May 2014, 10:26

Gregg Allman Sued Over Film Set Train Death

American blues singer Gregg Allman is being sued, along with film producers, a railtrack company and others, of being responsible for the death of a camera assistant.

Sarah Jones, 27, was killed when a freight train crashed into a crew filming Midnight Rider, based on the Allman Brothers Band singer's memoir, in Georgia in February.

Film-makers are accused of selecting "an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location" and failing to take adequate safety precautions.

Allman, who was married to Cher in the 1970s, was named as a defendant in his role as an executive producer on the film.

Also included were director Randall Miller, his production company Unclaimed Freight Productions and several of Miller's assistants on the film along with companies assisting with the production.

Production on Midnight Rider had just begun February 20 when a freight train crossing the Altamaha River in southeast Georgia slammed into crew members shooting on the railroad bridge.

Ms Jones was killed and six other crew members were hurt.

Producers suspended work on the movie indefinitely the following week.

The lawsuit says forest-products manufacturer Rayonier should be held accountable for allowing the film crew onto its property. It says a company employee wrongly told the crew "only two trains would pass by on the railroad track per day".

Actor William Hurt, who was to star as Allman and was at the scene of the crash, later issued a statement saying he informed producers he would no longer work on the film.

Authorities have yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.

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