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Posted: May 31, 2014 at 5:20 a.m.


m A member of a film crew struck by a freight train in southeast Georgia while making a movie about Gregg Allman sued the singer and the film's producers Wednesday, saying the accident left her with permanent injuries and post-traumatic stress. The lawsuit by hairstylist Joyce Gilliard, 43, of Summerville, S.C., is the second suit filed in Savannah against the Allman Brothers Band singer and the producers of Midnight Rider. A wrongful-death suit was filed last week by the parents of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant killed in the same accident. Both lawsuits say director Randall Miller and his assistants failed to get permission to film on a railroad bridge in rural Wayne County owned by CSX railroad but never told the crew as they placed a hospital bed on the tracks Feb. 20. A train crashed into the bed and killed Jones. Six others were hurt, including Gilliard. Her lawsuit doesn't describe her injuries, but Gilliard has previously said the train fractured her arm as it roared past. Gilliard is also suing wood-product company Rayonier, which owns the land adjacent to the railroad tracks, saying the company gave the film crew permission to shoot on its property and had a representative who wrongly told the crew only two trains crossed the trestle each day. Also named as a defendant is CSX. Gilliard's lawyers say the railroad knew the crew was in the area and should have taken precautions. An attorney for Allman, David Long-Daniels, did not immediately return an email message seeking comment. But Long-Daniels said last week that Allman, an executive producer on the film, had no role in location selection or in the physical shooting of the movie.

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