‘Midnight Rider’: Hearing Set on CSX Effort to Bar Release of Accident Video

'Midnight Rider': Hearing Set on CSX

A judge in Chatham County, Ga., has set an emergency hearing for Dec. 12 to consider CSX Transportation’s motion to restrict the further dissemination of a video of the accident on the set of “Midnight Rider” on Feb. 20.

The video — taken from a CSX train that came unexpectedly as filmmakers were shooting on the tracks near Jesup, Ga. — already has been shown on ABC News’ “20/20.”

CSX contends that it released the video to attorneys for the family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was killed in the accident, but did not agree to have its wider dissemination. They claim that the attorneys violated a license agreement required by the video software provider.

But attorneys for Jones at the firm of Harris Penn Lowry argue that the video was entered into the public record and that they did not violate the terms of the license agreement. They say that CSX should have entered a protective order if they did not want the video released.

The video shows the crew of the film scrambling to get out of the way as the train approaches a trestle.

The family of Jones has settled its civil suit with the movie’s filmmakers, but its claim against CSX Transportation continues.

They also are challenging CSX’s request for a gag order to prevent their attorneys from making “extrajudicial statements” about the case. That motion also will be considered at the Dec. 12 hearing.

Although CSX claims that it did not give the filmmakers permission to shoot on the tracks, the Jones family argues that the railroad’s “own safety guidelines required it to take reasonable precautions when unauthorized individuals are present on the railroad tracks that it operates.”

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  1. Robert Pines says:

    CSX Transportation [CSX ] kills 100 people in 100 million miles NOT 1
    like normal drivers.

    The simple railroad safety formula

    100 million divided by total train miles. That number times number the
    railroad murdered during the same period. Pretty much shows the
    railroad idiots outrunning their sight stopping distance are at fault.

    State – All States County – All
    January To July, 2014
    Total fatalities: 488
    Total train miles: 441,055,279
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    SELECTION: Railroad – Amtrak [ATK ]
    Total fatalities: 69
    Total train miles: 23,669,936
    Amtrak kills 292 people in 100 million miles NOT 1.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    BNSF Rwy Co. [BNSF]
    Total fatalities: 53
    Total train miles: 108,586,539
    BNSF kills 49 people in 100 million miles NOT 1.
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Buffalo & Pittsburgh RR, Inc. [BPRR]
    Total fatalities: 1
    Total train miles: 266,196
    Buffalo & Pittsburgh RR kills 376 people in 100 million miles NOT 1.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Caltrain Commuter Railroad Company [PCMZ]
    Total fatalities: 5
    Total train miles: 824,636
    Caltrain Commuter Railroad Company kills 606 people in 100 million
    miles NOT 1.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Canadian National – North America [CN ]
    Total fatalities: 17
    Total train miles: 12,090,848
    Canadian National – North America [CN ] kills 141 people in 100
    million miles NOT 1.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Canadian Pacific Rwy Co. [CP]
    Total fatalities: 3
    Total train miles: 6,947,821
    Canadian Pacific Rwy Co. [CP] kills 43 people in 100 million miles NOT
    1
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    CSX Transportation [CSX ]
    Total fatalities: 58
    Total train miles: 58,168,604
    CSX Transportation [CSX ] kills 100 people in 100 million miles NOT 1.
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    Kansas City Southern Rwy Co. [KCS
    Total fatalities: 6
    Total train miles: 6,655,815
    Kansas City Southern Rwy Co. [KCS] kills 90 people in 100 million
    miles
    NOT 1.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    MARC Train Service [MACZ]
    Total fatalities: 1
    Total train miles: 767,058
    MARC Train Service [MACZ] kills 130 people in 100 million miles NOT 1.
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority [MBTA]
    Total fatalities: 5
    Total train miles: 2,485,094
    Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority [MBTA] kills 201 people in 100
    million miles NOT 1.
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Norfolk Southern Corp. [NS ]
    Total fatalities: 73
    Total train miles: 55,592,180
    Norfolk Southern Corp. [NS ] kills 131 people in 100 million miles NOT
    1.
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Northeast IL Regional Commuter Rail Corp. [NIRC]
    Total fatalities: 12
    Total train miles: 4,359,210
    Northeast IL Regional Commuter Rail Corp. [NIRC] kills 275 people in
    100 million miles NOT 1.
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Pan Am Rwys/Guilford System [GRS]
    Total fatalities: 1
    Total train miles: 1,065,586
    Pan Am Rwys/Guilford System [GRS] kills 94 people in 100 million miles
    NOT 1.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    South Florida Regional Transit Authority [SFRV]
    Total fatalities: 3
    Total train miles: 664,799
    South Florida Regional Transit Authority [SFRV] kills 451 people in
    100
    million miles NOT 1
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Trinity Rwy Express [TREX]
    Total fatalities: 2
    Total train miles: 264,364
    Trinity Rwy Express [TREX] kills 757 people in 100 million miles NOT
    1.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Union Pacific RR Co. [UP ]
    Total fatalities: 106
    Total train miles: 101,183,089
    Union Pacific RR Co. [UP ] kills 105 people in 100 million miles NOT
    1.
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Virginia Rwy Express [VREX]
    Total fatalities: 1
    Total train miles: 214,212
    Virginia Rwy Express [VREX] kills 467 people in 100 million miles NOT
    1

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