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Accident Report Detail

Film Crew Trespassing on CSX Right-of-Way

Executive Summary

On February 20, 2014, about 4:30 p.m. eastern standard time, a crew of at least 12 people was filming a movie scene on a railroad bridge near Jesup, Georgia, when northbound CSX Transportation (CSX) freight train Q12519 approached. As the train passed the film crew’s location on the bridge, it struck a prop—a metal-framed bed. Debris from the prop struck some crewmembers on the bridge walkway. One film crewmember was killed, and six others with injuries were transported to local hospitals. The accident occurred in the CSX Nahunta Subdivision at milepost A543.7 on the railroad bridge across the Altamaha River.

At the time of the accident, the train was operating on a single main track, with 2 locomotives and 37 freight cars. The train was traveling about 56 mph, in a region of track having a maximum authorized speed of 70 mph. The sky was clear, and the temperature was 80°F.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the film crew’s unauthorized entry onto the CSX Transportation right-of-way at the Altamaha River bridge with personnel and equipment, despite CSX Transportation’s repeated denial of permission to access the railroad property. Contributing to the accident was the adjacent property owner’s actions to facilitate the film crew’s access to the right-of-way and bridge.

Accident Location: Jesup , GA    
Accident Date: 2/20/2014
Accident ID: DCA14FR005

Date Adopted: 3/23/2015
NTSB Number: RAB-15-01
NTIS Number:  

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