A crew member injured in the accident that took a camera assistant’s life during the filming of a movie is delivering a powerful message about safety on film and TV sets in a new public service announcement.
“Midnight Rider” is a never-completed biopic about the life of late Allman Brothers frontman Gregg Allman that is now remembered primarily for an on-set accident in 2014 that resulted in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was struck by a train. Several other members of the crew were severely injured in the accident.
While the unfinished film is now embroiled in numerous lawsuits, producers were charged with involuntary manslaughter and found to be negligent, with director Randall Miller receiving a 10-year prison sentence.
Hairstylist Joyce Gilliard was seriously injured in the accident, with her arm nearly torn off as she narrowly avoided death, and she appears in the PSA (above) for iSAFE! TV and Film, the organization she founded to shine a spotlight on safety issues involved in film and television production.
“I am doing this to help save lives on film sets to show that when safety precautions aren’t taken seriously, it affects real people and real families,” said Gilliard, as reported by Deadline. “No one should lose a limb or their life doing what they love.”
Meanwhile, another stunt gone wrong has been in the news after Uma Thurman shared footage in which the car she’s driving for a “Kill Bill” stunt goes awry when the car veers off the road and smashes into a tree. You can see that horrific footage below: