A tragedy occurred on a movie set in Georgia this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. During the filming of the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, a train, confirmed to be operated by CSX, rolled through while shooting, killing one woman and injuring seven others. None of the victims have been identified at this time.
One of the injured crew members was taken via Lifestar to Memorial University Medical Center while the other victims were transported to various area hospitals. The news outlet also reported that the scene of the accident was right above the Altamaha River near the Doctortown Road crossing in Wayne County. The report claims that a mattress had been placed along the tracks right before the train came.
“All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member,” Midnight Rider Productions said in a recent statement.
CSX also reached out about the incident with the following 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.”
Neither law enforcement nor the production team involved with the accident responded to The Hollywood Reporter requests for comment.
Unfortunately, disasters such as these are yet another example of how all modes of transportation are not without their risks. According to reports by both the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 9,019 people were injured and 804 people were killed in 2008 because of train accidents.
As part of its duty, the railroad company is required to maintain the tracks and the train, and drivers have to follow regulations about approaching stations and crossings. While it is still unknown what the cause of this incident was, the following is a list of common reasons why events such as these occur:
• Lack of Maintenance
• Mechanical Failure
• Human Error
• Weather Conditions
• Track, roadbed or structural defects