Union leader Bruce Doering told the crowd, “We’re committed to taking the issue of unsafe conditions as far as we can take it — and like Sarah — full-on.”
Doering also read a letter from a young woman, who wrote: “Sarah, you’re the first example I had of a female camera assistant. You stole my heart. I will aim to be someone you can be proud of.”
He went on to say the union was committed to learning what caused the accident.
“Since this terrible accident happened, we’re trying to figure out how this happened and we’re committed to taking the issue of unsafe conditions as far as we can take it — and like Sarah — full-on,” Doering said.
Jones died Feb. 20 when she was struck and killed by a train during preproduction on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. The accident occurred on a train trestle over the Altamaha River near the Doctortown Road crossing in Wayne County, Ga. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the accident, which also left seven other crewmembers injured. Questions have been raised as to whether the production had permission to be filming on the train tracks.
Doering said the Local 491 union had been assisting in investigating the incident in Savannah, and that there will be a candlelight vigil held in Jones’ honor Friday in Los Angeles.
Good luck to those who are dedicated to do their best to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
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Oscars Mention ‘Midnight Rider’ Victim Sarah Jones During ‘In Memoriam’ Segment
March 2, 2014 | 08:11PM PT
Jones wasn’t included in the photos segment but a note at the conclusion said she had been included in on the Oscars.com site, where it was 37th of 111 photos.
On the in memoriam photo gallery on the Oscar’s official website, Jones appears on slide No. 37 of the 111 honored.
Jones, 27, was killed in a train accident while filming in Georgia. About 800 people attended a memorial Sunday in Altanta, where her spirit and kindness were heralded.
Friends and associated of Jones had been campaigning for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to include her in the “In Memoriam’ televised segment, which began Sunday with James Gandolfini.
Other film industry figures recognized included Karen Black, Tom Laughlin, Carmen Zapata, Hal Needham, Paul Walker, Fay Kanin, Deanna Durbin, Elmore Leonard, Saul Zaentz, Peter O’Toole, Ray Harryhausen, Richard Griffiths, Sid Caesar, Roger Ebert, Shirley Temple Black, Joan Fontaine, Run Run Shaw, Harold Ramis, Eleanor Parker, Ray Dolby, Julie Harris, Maximillian Schell, Tom Sherak and Esther Williams.
The segment concluded with Philip Seymour Hoffman, followed by the mention of Jones.