On the first day of filming of the Greg Allman bio-pic, Midnight Rider, some the crew took a hospital bed and put it on a railway trestle in preparation for shooting a dream sequence. They knew about the two trains scheduled to go across the bridge. They didn’t know about the third.
Sarah Jones, the second camera assistant, was killed. Other members of the crew were struck by flying debris (Jones was knocked by the debris into the path of the train). William Hurt, the star of the film, and director Randall Miller, were among the people trying to get the bed out of the way when they saw the train coming. Neither was hurt.
The cameras were on as all this unfolded. That footage has been impounded as evidence in what’s become a homicide investigation. Meanwhile, production on the film has been halted.
So how did this screw-up occur? Variety investigates.
Meanwhile, there’s a campaign for presenters at this Sunday’s Oscars to wear a black pin in memory of Sarah Jones.