20 Jan 2015

Bodybuilding model killed while trying to outrun a train

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.'
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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