'Midnight Rider' Accident Investigation Transferred to State Agency
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation performed the autopsy on Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones, but the Wayne County sheriff's office is still handling the criminal investigation into her death, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Jones was struck and killed by a train during preproduction on the Gregg Allman biopic on Feb. 20. The incident occurred on a train trestle over the Altamaha River near the Doctortown Road crossing in Wayne County, Ga.
According to a GBI spokeswoman, the state agency handles autopsies on all deaths in which the deceased was not under the care of a doctor, like accidental deaths, for more than 100 counties in Georgia, including Wayne County.
Wayne County sheriff Joe Gardner, meanwhile, told The Hollywood Reporter that the investigation into Jones' death is still going on and they won't be able to release any information about it until it's complete, which should be in a month or so. Gardner said the sheriff's office is still considering it a homicide investigation.
Jones' death also left seven crew members injured and has raised questions about whether the production had permission to film on the train tracks.