'Midnight Rider': Sarah Jones Autopsy Reveals Details of Death
The 27-year-old sustained multiple injuries, including numerous fractures, lacerations and two amputations, when she was struck by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic.
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Now that the criminal cases involving the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones have been resolved, details from the autopsy performed on the 27-year-old are now public.
According to a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, where the autopsy was conducted, Jones sustained multiple external and internal injuries including fractures, lacerations and amputations.
Jones "died of multiple injuries sustained as a pedestrian struck by a railroad train while at work on a movie location," the report states, listing the cause of death as "multiple injuries due to railroad train." The report lists the manner of death as an "accident" and suggests that the train hit the right side of her body.
Jones was wearing a green T-shirt, pink tank top and jeans.
Although the autopsy was performed last year, the GBI wasn't able to release the report while the criminal investigation into her death was still open.
Jones was struck and killed by a train in Wayne County, Georgia, while the Gregg Allman biopic she was working on was filming a dream sequence on the tracks. While the crew scrambled to get out of the way of an oncoming train, they could not remove a prop bed from the tracks in time, and when the train hit it, a part of the bed pushed Jones into the locomotive's way, a Georgia police investigation revealed. Jones was hit by the train's fuel tank and died instantly, assistant district attorney John Johnson said in court Monday.
On Monday, the director of the film, Randall Miller, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in a deal that allowed the same charges against his wife and the film's producer, Jody Savin, to be dropped. Miller was sentenced to two years in jail and eight years of probation, a $20,000 fine, and 360 community service hours. Producer Jay Sedrish received 10 years' probation and a $10,000 fine. On Tuesday, first assistant director Hillary Schwartz was sentenced to 10 years' probation and a $5,000 fine. Sedrish and Schwartz faced the same charges, but Schwartz's case was separated from the one involving Miller, Savin and Sedrish.
The autopsy was conducted on Feb. 24, 2014, just four days after the incident occurred. The video above, shown in court Tuesday, depicts the moments before the deadly collision.
8:47 a.m. This story has been updated to remove some of the more graphic details of what happened to Jones.