Movie Crew of Film Starring All-American Rejects’ Tyson Ritter Struck By Train, 1 Dead [VIDEO]
A crew working on the film "Midnight Rider" which is based on the life of singer Gregg Allman was struck by a CSX freight train on Thursday afternoon, killing 1 and injuring 7 others. The film stars Tyson Ritter, lead singer of the band All-American Rejects, as a young Allman. William Hurt portrays Allman in later years.
The crash happened on a trestle over the Altamaha River, southwest of Savannah Georgia.
The details of how and why the crash occurred are still unclear, but, the crew was allegedly unauthorized to be filming on the railroad tracks despite having been given permission to be on property along the tracks by that property owner and CSX being aware that the crew would be filming there.
WTOC-TV in Savannah reports the crew was filming a dream sequence that involved a mattress on the tracks. Authorities are trying to determine if anyone was struck by the train itself, or if flying debris from equipment and props hit the victims.
Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, is the confirmed fatality, but there is no word on the identities or conditions of others that were injured. The incident is being investigated as a homicide according to the Wayne County Sherriff's Department.
The production company, Meddin Studios, CSX Railroad, who owns the tracks, and the company that owns the property along the tracks, Rayonier, are all cooperating with authorities.