The heartbroken parents of a 27-year-old woman struck by a train on a movie set three years ago say their daughter died pursuing her dream.
Sarah Jones was hired as a camera operator for Midnight Rider, a biopic about iconic musician Gregg Allman, starring Oscar winner William Hurt and Wyatt Russell, the son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
“How could this have happened?” Jones’ mother, Elizabeth, told Inside Edition.
It was the first day of filming back in February 2014, when tragedy struck as the crew was setting up equipment on a railroad trestle in Georgia.
Jones was hit and killed by an oncoming freight train that was doing about 58 miles an hour.
“It’s so senseless,” her father Richard said.
He recalls the last conversations he had with his daughter, adding that she didn’t mention the project was filming on train tracks.
The crew members saw the train coming, but had less than a minute to get off the tracks.
Video from the scene captures Russell and the crew scrambling to safety. Jones was behind them as the train blasted its horn.
The train’s camera also recorded as it roared along the tracks, showing people running for their lives.
“I just cannot imagine the terror,” Richard said as he and Elizabeth watched the footage.
A civil court recently ruled that the railroad company must pay Jones’ family $3.9 million.
“They could’ve slowed down,” Jones’ family attorney, Jeff Harris, told Inside Edition.
In a statement to Inside Edition the railroad company said it “is deeply sympathetic to the terrible loss suffered by the family of Ms. Sarah Jones, but respectfully disagrees with the conclusions reached by the jury and will appeal.”
Sarah’s family has created the non-profit Safety for Sarah to ensure safer film sets.
Randall Miller, the director of the film, never had permission to film on the trestle and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. He served a year in jail.
But Richard Jones takes comfort in the fact that his daughter was following her passion when she lost her life.
“She was doing what she loved to do,” he said.