I boomed and did utility with mixer Ed White on and off for probably 10 years.
He told me a brutal story when he mixed the movie "Maximum Overdrive" directed by Stephen King. It was filmed in Wilmington, NC in 1985 during the legendary Dino DeLaurentiis studio system, (which was where "The Crow" was filmed) and killed actor Brandon Lee.
The DP on "Maximum Overdrive" was operating a shot, which his son (the 1st AC) was pulling focus on. The shot was a lawnmower, operated by a remote control that the F/X people were using, was to move towards the camera and stop. The F/X people didn't remove the blade...the lawnmower didn't stop...and chewed right through the front box/lens/and some wedges and shot all that material up through the eye piece of the camera.
Oddly the shot is in the movie, and right before the accident , there is an edit.
The DP yelling for his life, ultimately lost his eye, and was blind in that eye forever.
That movie shut down for 1 week and when they began again, the DP's son finished the show as DP. The original DP left the show, sued Stephen King and Dino DeLaurentis for un-safe working conditions and settled out of court...anybody ever hear of this story? Exactly....
Now...nobody died during this like the "Midnight Rider" accident....but it seemed like more of the story was who's fault it was...rather than how to prevent it again from happening??