'Midnight Rider': Online Fundraiser Started for Hairstylist Injured in Accident
An online fundraiser has been started for a hairstylist who was injured last month during the shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.
"Sister Joyce suffered a compound fracture in her arm among other injuries, and is unable to work," the fundraising website reads. It has raised a little under $500 of its $5,000 goal. Gilliard was among seven people injured in a Feb. 20 train accident on the Georgia set of Midnight Rider. Camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, was killed, and the accident sparked a conversation about on-set safety.
The fundraiser has been promoted on Twitter by the IATSE Local 798 Makeup and Hairstylists union and the Slates for Sarah Facebook group.
“As soon as I got to the location, I started to feel funny,” she said of arriving on the 110-year-old bridge trestle over the Altamaha River in Wayne County. “It didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel safe there.”
The crew was told they would have sixty seconds to clear the track if a train came. When one did, Gilliard clung to a girder, but the pressure and wind caused by the train passing her pried her left arm from her body and into the train's path, causing it to break.
“I saw my life, my kids, my family, all of it before me,” she said. “I was sure I was going to die.”
Local, state and federal authorities have ongoing investigations into the accident, including a probe into potential negligent homicide. Jones' parents recently hired Savannah, Ga. attorney Jeffrey R. Harris at Harris Penn Lowry in preparation for a potential lawsuit related to the case.
Production on Midnight Rider, directed by Randall Miller, has been suspended indefinitely in the wake of the accident.