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ABC’s 20/20 tonight aired a segment about the Midnight Rider case that included chilling video of the train accident that killed Sarah Jones last year. The footage, first shown in court, shows the film crew running for their lives as they try to get clear of a freight train barreling down on them, all the while blaring its horn. Jones died in the ensuing impact, and six other crew members were injured.
On March 9, the day his trial was set to begin, director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter, becoming the first filmmaker ever convicted in a case involving an on-set death. He is serving a two-year jail term that will be followed by eight years of probation. Unit production manager Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz accepted plea deals, but the case against Miller’s wife and Midnight Rider producer Jody Savin was dismissed.
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