Tragedy struck the Georgia set of the Greg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” when crew member Sarah Jones was killed Thursday in a train accident. Jones was also on the crew of the popular CW TV series “The Vampire Diaries.”
A CSX train struck and killed Jones, 27, of Atlanta, who was part of a 20-person crew filming on the tracks in Jesup, Ga. Seven other people were injured in the accident, local NBC affiliate WSAV reported.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday, Wayne County EMA Director Keith Wright told the station. Wayne County Det. Joe Gardner said the film crew was putting a mattress on the tracks when they were struck by the CSX train. The crew, including Jones, was working for Meddin Studios, a company based in Savannah, Ga.
In a statement to WSAV, CSX said the Savannah-bound train was coming from Memphis. The rail company also said it was cooperating with an investigation into the accident.
"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,” the statement read. “CSX personnel are working with first responders to meet the needs of those injured. The train was en route from Memphis to Savannah when the incident occurred."
The #TVDFamily lost a loved one today. RIP beautiful Sarah Jones.
â€” julieplec (@julieplec) February 21, 2014
Truly saddened to hear about the passing of a friend… R.I.P. Sarah Jones
â€” Steven McQueen (@McQueeninchains) February 21, 2014