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Trial to decide if railroad shares blame in movie crew death

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/8/2017 By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press
In this photo taken April 9, 2014 Elizabeth and Richard Jones, flip through photos of their daughter Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant killed by a freight train while filming a movie in southeast Georgia, as they sit in their attorney's office, in Atlanta. After a freight train ran over Sarah Jones as she worked with a crew shooting a movie scene on a Georgia railroad bridge, the film's director spent a year in jail for the 27-year-old camera assistant's death. Now Jones' parents are asking a civil jury to find the railroad shares some of the blame in the 2014 collision during filming of the planned Gregg Allman biographical movie "Midnight Rider." (AP Photo/David Goldman) © The Associated Press In this photo taken April 9, 2014 Elizabeth and Richard Jones, flip through photos of their daughter Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant killed by a freight train while filming a movie in southeast Georgia, as they sit in their attorney's office, in Atlanta. After a freight train ran over Sarah Jones as she worked with a crew shooting a movie scene on a Georgia railroad bridge, the film's director spent a year in jail for the 27-year-old camera assistant's death. Now Jones' parents are asking a civil jury to find the railroad shares some of the blame in the 2014 collision during filming of the planned Gregg Allman biographical movie "Midnight Rider." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three years after a deadly collision between a freight train and a movie crew trespassing on its tracks, a wrongful death lawsuit is heading to trial in Georgia seeking monetary damages from a railroad company.

In this photo taken April 9, 2014, Elizabeth, left, and Richard Jones appear in their attorney's office in Atlanta. Their daughter Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed by a freight train while filming a movie in southeast Georgia on Feb. 20, 2014. The film’s director spent a year in jail for Jone’s death. Now her parents are asking a civil jury to find the railroad responsible for some of the blame. A trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 10, 2017, in the Jones family’s wrongful death lawsuit against CSX Transportation. (AP Photo/David Goldman) © The Associated Press In this photo taken April 9, 2014, Elizabeth, left, and Richard Jones appear in their attorney's office in Atlanta. Their daughter Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed by a freight train while filming a movie in southeast Georgia on Feb. 20, 2014. The film’s director spent a year in jail for Jone’s death. Now her parents are asking a civil jury to find the railroad responsible for some of the blame. A trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 10, 2017, in the Jones family’s wrongful death lawsuit against CSX Transportation. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Camera assistant Sarah Jones died in the February 2014 crash on a railroad bridge. She was part of a crew filming "Midnight Rider," a movie about singer Gregg Allman.

FILE - This undated file photo originally released by Richard Jones shows Sarah Jones on location for the television series, "The Vampire Diaries." Jones was killed during a film shoot on a train trestle in Georgia in February 2014, and her death has prompted broad safety discussions within the film and television industry and led her parents to advocate for better safety practices during productions. The film’s director spent a year in jail for Jone’s death. Now her parents are asking a civil jury to find the railroad responsible for some of the blame. A trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 10, 2017, in the Jones family’s wrongful death lawsuit against CSX Transportation. (Colin Duran via AP) © The Associated Press FILE - This undated file photo originally released by Richard Jones shows Sarah Jones on location for the television series, "The Vampire Diaries." Jones was killed during a film shoot on a train trestle in Georgia in February 2014, and her death has prompted broad safety discussions within the film and television industry and led her parents to advocate for better safety practices during productions. The film’s director spent a year in jail for Jone’s death. Now her parents are asking a civil jury to find the railroad responsible for some of the blame. A trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 10, 2017, in the Jones family’s wrongful death lawsuit against CSX Transportation. (Colin Duran via AP)

A trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Savannah in a lawsuit Jones' parents filed against CSX Transportation. They say two trains that passed the movie crew before the crash failed to warn other train operators.

CSX attorneys say the company isn't to blame. Criminal investigators found CSX twice denied filmmakers permission to access its tracks. Director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing.

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