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By Shaun Kitchener On February 22, 2014

Ian Somerhalder Pays Tribute As Vampire Diaries Crew Member Sarah Jones Dies In Train Tragedy

On the set of biopic Midnight Rider

Ian Somerhalder has spoken of his grief after a regular crew member on The Vampire Diaries was killed while working on Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.

Sarah Elizabeth Jones was among those filming a dream sequence on a train trestle when an unexpected freight train appeared and struck her. Others were injured.

The 27-year-old, the second camera assistant, was identified by police and hailed as "a great light in the room" by a former colleague.

"She commanded such respect with her work ethic, but she was still always the light in the room," Gavin McCulley, a TV military consultant and long-time friend said.

Ian Somerhalder and director Randall Miller (WENN)

"It could be pouring rain and she'd be standing there with a smile on her face. I am just devastated."

Somerhalder tweeted: "My heart is heavy-theTVD fam&I lost a very dear sister of ours.An amazing woman,leaving us too soon.Hug your loved ones,hug them so tightly (sic)".

According to the New York Daily News, the tragedy occured at approximately 4:00pm on Thursday after the crew were given permission from officials to film in the area after two scheduled trains passed through.

But when a third arrived, the team was left to scramble for safety with seconds' notice. Director Randall Miller allegedly fell but was saved by a photographer.

Jones, however, was not so fortunate.

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