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‘Midnight Rider’ Makeup Artist Files Suit Over Injuries

A “Midnight Rider” makeup artist has filed a lawsuit over injuries she sustained from the Feb. 20 train accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones in Georgia.

In a suit filed in Chatham County Court, Antonyia Verna sued producer-director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin and their Unclaimed Freight Productions; Open Road Films; Gregg Allman; location manager Charles Baxter; exec producers Nick Gant, Michael Lehman, Don Mandrik, and Jay Sedrish; first assistant director Hillary Schwartz; Meddin Studios; property owner Rayonier; and railroad CSX Transportation.

The action was filed about four weeks after Jones’ family sued the same defendants along with the companies that own the railroad tracks and surrounding land. “Midnight Rider” hairstylist Joyce Gilliard filed suit three weeks ago over her injuries.

Verna’s suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for “serious physical injuries, medical and other necessary expenses, post-traumatic stress, mental anguish, lost income, and mental and physical pain and suffering.”

Her spouse Richard Brewer is also a plaintiff and is seeking monetary damages.

Reps for the producer, Randall Miller, and Open Road were not immediately available for comment.

Verna alleges that the “Midnight Rider” producers failed to obtain permission to film on the trestle bridge and concealed that fact, and that the defendants selected an “unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location.”

The suit also alleges the defendants failed to station safety personnel to watch for an approaching train and failed to hold a safety meeting prior to filming.

Authorities have not yet decided whether to file criminal charges in the case. Sheriff’s investigators turned over their findings to the district attorney, who reviewed the file and returned the case to the Sheriff’s office, asking for more information.

Jones died just minutes into the first day of shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic. The crew was shooting a dream sequence in which a hospitalized Gregg Allman sees his dead brother Duane on a bridge. The location was a trestle over the Altamaha River with only a narrow service gangway for pedestrians.

Production stopped after Jones’ death. Gregg Allman filed a suit in April seeking to block resumption of production and reached a settlement on May 13.

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