Worker on film about Gregg Allman pleads not guilty over fatal Georgia train accident

Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:58pm EDT
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By Rich McKay

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A filmmaker pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from a deadly train wreck in southeast Georgia on the set of a movie about rock singer Gregg Allman, prosecutors said.

Hillary Schwartz, first assistant director of "Midnight Rider," is the fourth person associated with the film to face charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in connection with the February incident. 

An attorney representing Schwartz could not immediately be reached for comment.

Camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured when a train tore through the set while they installed film equipment on train tracks and a trestle bridge near Savannah.

Authorities have said the film company, Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc, did not have permission to film on an active train track.

Director Randall Miller and his wife, producer Jody Savin, were indicted on charges identical to Schwartz's in July and pleaded not guilty later that month. Executive producer Jay Sedrish, also indicted in July, pleaded not guilty a month later, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Schwartz was indicted earlier this month, according to Deadline Hollywood. Prosecutors declined to say why Schwartz was not charged at the same time as her co-defendants.

Each faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors have said.   Continued...

Writer/director Randall Miller arrives at the premiere of the film "Bottle Shock" during the second day of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 18, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson