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The terrifying moment William Hurt and Kurt Russel’s son ran for their lives from train that killed camerawoman on set of Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider

  • A new video shows the moment the cast and crew of the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider were forced to scramble as a train approached
  • The crew and actors William Hurt and Wyatt Russell were filming a dream sequence on a railroad bridge
  • Camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck by a fuel tank and run over by the train as she tried to flee and was killed instantly
  • This week the film’s director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will serve two years in prison 

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Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com


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23:05 EST, 10 March 2015

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A new video shows the terrifying moment a film crew fled from an oncoming train. 

The crew of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider can be seen dashing to get off the tracks of a railroad bridge with their equipment as a train rushes towards them at breakneck speed, this as the two actors filming the scene, Wyatt Russell and Academy Award winner William Hurt, were also forced to scramble out of the train’s path.

Everyone was able to somehow make it to safety despite several individuals suffering injuries with the exception of one woman, camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, who was tragically killed.

She was just 27-years-old. 

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A new video shows the moment the cast and crew of the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider were forced to scramble as a train approached (above)

A new video shows the moment the cast and crew of the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider were forced to scramble as a train approached (above)

The crew and actors William Hurt and Wyatt Russell (above with guitar) were filming a dream sequence on a railroad bridge

The crew and actors William Hurt and Wyatt Russell (above with guitar) were filming a dream sequence on a railroad bridge

Camera assistant Sarah Jones (above) was struck by a fuel tank and run over by the train as she tried to flee and was killed instantly

Camera assistant Sarah Jones (above) was struck by a fuel tank and run over by the train as she tried to flee and was killed instantly

This week the film's director Randall Miller (above with wife Jody Savin) pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will serve two years in prison

This week the film’s director Randall Miller (above with wife Jody Savin) pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will serve two years in prison

The video also shows the crew desperately trying to get a bed off the track, which Hurt was laying on during the scene as they filmed a dream sequence while Russell played the guitar.

Russell, the son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, can be seen clearly in the video as he flees with a guitar still on his back. 

On Monday, the film’s director, Randall Miller, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing and will serve two years in a county jail and eight years probation while also paying a $20,000 fine.

Executive producer Jay Sedrish also pleaded guilty to the same charges and received 10 years probation. 

‘We hope the sacrifice of our daughter’s life will continue to change the film industry,’ Jones’ father, Richard Jones, told reporters outside the courthouse. 

‘I believe it sends a message, frankly, that if you do not respect those you’re in charge of, you may end up behind bars.’

On Tuesday, Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director on the film, was also convicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing and also received 10 years probation.

Charges against Miller’s wife and business partner, Jody Savin, were dropped as part of his plea.  

The crew was filming a dream sequence that featured Hurt, as Allman, on a bed (above)

The crew was filming a dream sequence that featured Hurt, as Allman, on a bed (above)

Russell (above) was playing a guitar in the scene, and can be seen carrying it still as he ran from the train

Russell (above) was playing a guitar in the scene, and can be seen carrying it still as he ran from the train

'We hope the sacrifice of our daughter's life will continue to change the film industry,' Jones' father, Richard Jones (above), told reporters on Monday

‘We hope the sacrifice of our daughter’s life will continue to change the film industry,’ Jones’ father, Richard Jones (above), told reporters on Monday

The incident occurred on February 20, 2014, the very first day of filming on the picture. 

Jones was first struck by a fuel tank and then fell on the tracks, being run over by the train seconds later.

Miller recalled the moment he was forced to call her parents and deliver the heartbreaking news that their daughter was dead. 

Filming was immediately suspended, and many in the industry began a push for better safety regulations in the aftermath of the tragedy.

A group called Slates for Sarah also began putting the words RIP Sarah Jones on film slates in her memory on programs including Girls, Scandal, Parks and Recreation, The Leftovers, Parenthood, Glee, The Mindy Project, Revenge and The Vampire Diaries, a show on which Jones had previously worked as an assistant. 

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