Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Bodybuilding model 'was trying to outrun oncoming train' during filming for sports commercial when he was struck and killed

The bodybuilding model who was killed by a train while filming a sports advert video in LA was allegedly trying to outrun it when he was struck.
Greg Plitt, among the more recognizable faces and physiques in the fitness industry, was shooting a video for his website with two crew members when the Metrolink commuter train hit him Saturday afternoon in Burbank, authorities and friends said.

On Monday law enforcement sources told TMZ that Plitt was attempting to outrun an oncoming train when the accident happened.

His girlfriend Christina Stejskal told the LA Times he was 'just trying to get the best shot.'
'He wanted to push things to the limit,' said a weeping Stejskal in an interview Monday.
'He's just like Superman.'

On Monday Metrolink officials told the LA Times that Plitt and his film crew did not have permission to be on the commuter railroad's right-of-way.
'He had no permit to be there,' said Jeff Lustgarten, a Metrolink spokesman.
'We have a whole process for people to go through if they want to be on our right-of-way, especially for film crews.'

Warren Coulter, who had been friends for 15 years with 37-year-old George Gregory Plitt Jr., who went by 'Greg' said: 'It was just a freaky moment where something got out of control.'
Coulter told The Associated Press that Plitt was a West Point graduate and Army Ranger who had jumped out of planes more than 1,000 times in his life and had a taste for the extreme, but also treated everyone and everything with respect and care as befitted his military past.
'Everything Greg did, he did extremely well,' Coulter said. 'This isn't anyone who ever took a nap.'

Coulter said he spoke to members of the film crew and says Plitt misjudged the situation and tripped and fell before he was hit by the train.

'No question of it, it was just a mistake,' Coulter said.
Investigators have ruled out a suicide, and were trying to determine who directed the men to film without a permit in a restricted area of the tracks Saturday afternoon.
They have interviewed witnesses who saw Plitt standing on the track even as the train's horn was blaring, Burbank police Sgt. Scott Meadows said.
Plitt, a native of Baltimore who settled in Los Angeles more than 10 years ago, appeared on more than 200 magazine covers, Bravo's reality television shows 'Work Out' and 'Friends to Lovers' and NBC's daytime soap opera 'Days of Our Lives,' according to his personal website.
A motivational video on the website shows Plitt working out on the tracks as a Metrolink train passes by.
Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said Monday that the Los Angeles-region commuter train system tries to warn people when it sees they have posted images or videos of themselves on its tracks, but he didn't know whether Plitt had been contacted in the past.
Walking on tracks is trespassing, Johnson said.
'The tracks are for one thing — trains,' he said.
It appears Plitt may have believed the train was on a nearby, parallel track, Meadows said.
'It's like a blind turn,' he said. 'When the train came, you might not be able to tell which set the train is on.'

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