Director Gets couple of years in Jail for Train Track Shoot That Killed Crew Member


There were several situations in recent years of men and women getting struck and killed by trains after doing image or movie shoots on train tracks. Among cases a year ago involved the recording of the film titled “Midnight Rider.” While shooting around narrow trestle bridge, a train passed by and killed among crew members.

The director, Randall Miller, pleaded responsible to involuntary manslaughter and contains today already been sentenced to 2 yrs in jail and eight years of probation for his recklessness.

Miller can also be expected to spend a $25,000 good, perform 360 hours of community service, and keep from directing for the a decade of their sentence.

The event happened on February 20, 2014, when the movie’s team ventured around slim railroad trestle to film a scene. A train approached unexpectedly, and crew had beenn’t capable of getting from the tracks with time to reach safety.

Numerous team members had been injured, plus 27-year-old camera assistant called Sarah Jones ended up being struck because of the train and killed.

The bits of evidence shown in judge was a horrifying video clip recorded with a videographer in the team. It reveals the crew people scrambling to flee the tracks as noise of train’s whistle are heard. The movie cuts out just as the train achieves the staff:

The train operator has since produced evidence showing it had refused authorization after the film’s team had required it. Miller’s argument is their area manager never ever informed him associated with not enough authorization, hence he’s simply the scapegoat after having a tragic failure in communication.

After delivering the sentencing, Judge Anthony Harrison said he hoped the case would help prevent this kind of accident someday. “i am hoping that day will donate to your goal of giving a message of safety to the business” and “give some definition for this tragedy,” he thought to the Jones family.

If you’re ever picking a place for a image or video clip shoot, ensure active train songs stay off your number — the potential risks just aren’t worthwhile.

(via Variety and NYTimes via TOP)