The train accident that killed former CofC student Sarah Jones while filming the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider will be featured on tonight’s episode of 20/20. Joyce Gilliard, a hair stylist who was also on set and suffered severe injuries, sits down with the ABC news program to talk about the events leading up to the crash. 

Recounting the Feb. 20 incident, Gilliard says she was told it wasn’t principal shooting that was going to occur — it was only meant to be a pre-production shoot. According to, Giliard also says, “[Someone said], ‘You have 60 seconds to get off the track.’ I was more or less, ’60 seconds to get off the track?’ And I started praying. I’m mad at myself because I didn’t say something.”

The director and producers involved with the film have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. Jones’ parents had also sued Allman, who was a producer on the film, but dropped him from the suit Thurs. Oct. 30. 

20/20 airs at 10 p.m. on ABC. 


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