Chatham County State Court records show CSX Transportation reached a confidential settlement of the suit with Sarah Jones' parents on 24 January. The company asked the Georgia Court of Appeals to withdraw its appeal from the jury judgment. Jan. 28.
Jones, 27, was a camera assistant for the never completed film Midnight Rider, based on the life of the singer Allman Brothers Band. A freight train plowed the crew on a trestle bridge on 20 February 2014, killed Jones and wounded six other crew members.
"We are relieved that the process has been closed," said Jones' father, Richard Jones of Columbia, South Carolina, Wednesday. He released his statement through the lawyers of the family.
CSX had denied filmmakers permission to shoot on its property in Wayne County southwest of Savannah. But a jury in July 2017 decided that the railroad was to blame for the fatal crash, although the film workers were forbidden territory. Evidence during the test showed that two CSX trains were passing by while the film crew was on both sides of the track about an hour before the crash, but the operators of those trains never reported the offenders to dispatchers.
CSX had no comment on the legal arrangement, said business spokeswoman Laura Phelps Wednesday.
During the trial CSX lawyers completely blamed the filmmakers for the crash. CSX officials have e-mailed two e-mails from production managers who denied their permission to shoot on the railway bridge over the Altamaha River.
Anyway, film director Randall Miller and his crew dragged a hospital bed onto the box and shot shots of actor William Hurt, in the role of Allman, who was in the crash just before. The train hit the bed and caused flying shrapnel to injure several crew members. Jones was struck by the train as she tried to flee.
Miller served in prison for a year after he had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and crimes related to the crash. Jones' family also defied the director in civil court, as well as Miller's production managers and several other suspects. All but CSX have dealt with their cases or resolved in some other way before the 2017 test.
The civilian jury found 11.2 million dollars as the total value of Jones' life, as well as her pain and suffering. The verdict assigned CSX – the only defendant on trial – 35 percent of the responsibility for Jones's death. The railway raised its share of $ 3.9 million before agreeing to settle last week.
The crash ended the production at Midnight Rider & # 39; Allman went to court to prevent Miller from reviving the project before the singer died in May 2017.
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