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James Hatton,
Legal Staff Writer

The family of a camera assistant on the Allman Brothers “Midnight Rider” film crew recently settled for an undisclosed amount with CSX Transportation Inc. (“CSX”). The settlement occurred after the railroad company lost a new trial motion in a wrongful death suit that resulted in a $4 million jury verdict against it.

CSX Transportation is a railroad company that operates in the Eastern U.S. and Canadian provinces. It is a subsidiary of CSX Corp., a Fortune 500 company that generates over $11 billion in revenue annually.

In the wrongful death claim, camera assistant, Sarah Jones, was killed in a train accident in February 2014, while the crew was setting up a shoot on an active train trestle along the Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia.

In July 2017, a Chatham County jury awarded Jones’ parents a total of $11 million for both economic loss of life and conscious pain and suffering. $4 million, or 35% negligence, was apportioned to CSX. The jury found fault in several other parties initially sued by the Jones family, but were not named as defendants in their amended complaint.

The case is: Jones et al. v. CSX Transportation Inc., State Court of Chatham County Case No. STCV1400752SA.

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