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Allman biopic crew member killed by train

21 February 2014

Seven others hurt in tragedy

A film crew member working on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider was killed when she was struck by a train during filming.

Seven other people were injured in the accident which happened while director Randall Miller was shooting a dream sequence which involved the placing of a mattress on a railroad track in Wayne County, Georgia.

The crew were expecting two local trains...but a freight train took them by surprise and its warning whistle gave them less than a minute to clear the track.

A female second-camera assistant was struck and killed by the train while debris from the exploding bed injured the others, who were rushed to local hospitals, Variety reported.

It was unlikely that any of the cast - including William Hurt (pictured) who stars as Allman, the rock musician member of the Allman Brothers Band - were present as the fatality occurred during a test shoot.

A witness also said Miller had fallen on the tracks before the train arrived and that the still photographer pulled him off, saving his life.

Train operator CSX issued a statement: “CSX is deeply saddened by a tragedy that occurred late today on a CSX rail bridge in Doctortown, Ga., and is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate. Initial reports indicate that at least three people were injured, one fatally. CSX personnel are working with first responders to meet the needs of those injured. A train was en route from Memphis to Savannah when the incident occurred.”

Midnight Rider also stars Tyson Ritter, Wyatt Russell and Eliza Dushku.