7. FILM CREW-TRAIN CRASH. The director of a movie about singer Gregg Allman is sentenced to two years in jail for the death of a camera assistant killed when a freight train plowed into the film's crew on a railroad bridge in southeast Georgia."Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller (shown) pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges to avoid standing trial in the 2014 death of Sarah Jones.It was the first high-profile prosecution of a filmmaker for an on-set death since 1982. AP photo/Russ Bynum/file
Photo: Russ Bynum
Photo: Russ Bynum

Report: Authorities could issue warrant for ‘Midnight Rider’ director Randall Miller for violating probation

Six years after Sarah Jones died on the set of the film “Midnight Rider” outside of Savannah, the director Randall Miller might be arrested again.

Deadline.com reported that Miller had directed a movie in Europe called “Higher Grounds.” Georgia law enforcement authorities told Deadline they are planning to issue a warrant for Miller for allegedly violating the conditions of his probation. The story said Miller could end up in jail again if a judge agrees. 

Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed in 2014 after being hit by a speeding train while Miller was shooting the Greg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider.” He spent a year in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. 

Jones’ death sparked grief and calls for stronger safety measures on film and TV sets. Stickers honoring Jones over the years have remained on sets and equipment throughout the state of Georgia. 

Miller was responsible for shooting a scene on a railroad trestle bridge without permission from CSX, the railway company. 

After being released from incarceration in 2016, Miller was given probation for ten years, prohibiting him during that time from being a director, assistant director or supervisor responsible for safety on a film.

Miller’s attorney Ed Garland told Deadline in his professional opinion Miller wasn’t in violation of probation based on his understanding of the wording in Miller’s probation.

The “Higher Grounds” movie Miller directed last year is a comedy about a barista starring British actress Kate Nash, a star on the ensemble Netflix show “GLOW.”

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Rodney Ho
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