CofC grad hit by train, killed while filming movie in GA
WAYNE COUNTY, Ga. (WCIV) -- A College of Charleston graduate was killed after she was hit by a train while filming a movie Thursday, said officials with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.
According to the release, Sarah Jones, 27, was filming a movie called 'Midnight Rider' with people from Open Road Films and the Meddin Studios in Savannah, Ga.
Several people got onto the train tracks, deputies said and a northbound train struck some of them at about 4:30 p.m.
According to CNN, Jones was part of a dream sequence for the movie and it involved a mattress on the tracks on a trestle over a river.
The train hit the mattress and sent debris flying in all directions, CNN reports.
Seven other people were injured, deputies said. Jones was the only fatality.
On Friday, the South Carolina Film Commission posted about Jones on its Facebook page.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sarah Jones. She was much loved in our community, and she'll be missed terribly," it read.
John Bruns, the director of the college's film studies program, also released a statement.
"I am devastated by the news. Sarah was a wonderful person, very talented, and had a promising career ahead of her," he said. "She was doing what she loved, making movies. My heart goes out to Sarah's family."
Deputies said CSX Railroad personnel, Rayonier Mill personnel and the film crew are all cooperating in the investigation.