Fitness model hit by train tripped during filming, friend says

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fitness Model From Md. Dies After Being Struck By Train.

LOS ANGELES — Friends of a fitness model and actor who was hit by a train and killed while making a video said Monday that he was a bold and fearless person who just made a rare mistake. “It was just a freaky moment where something got out of control,” said Warren Coulter, who had been friends for 15 years with 37-year-old George Gregory Plitt Jr., who went by “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.

FITNESS instructor and reality TV star Greg Plitt was reportedly attempting to outrun an oncoming train while filming a commerical for sports drinks when he was struck and killed. 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. TMZ is reporting that fitness legend Plitt — who starred in the Bravo TV series Work Out — was shooting an ad for a new sports drink near the Burbank Metrolink station in Los Angeles when he attempted the dangerous stunt.

It was not immediately clear what the men were filming, but reports have said Greg was filming an advert for a protein shake when the tragedy happened. 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. Plitt — a Crossfit enthusiast who frequently worked out near the railway lines — tripped and fell while running along the tracks and was unable to recover in time to get out of the way of an oncoming commuter train, TMZ says. He had a camcorder in his hand,” said witness Victor Crowell. “Then that was it, the train stopped.” “The train speed was not terribly high ’cause it was approaching a station where they had to slow down,” said Burbank Police Sergeant Scott Meadows. “Based on the horn and the distance, it sounds like he had some warning and there would’ve been opportunity to move.” “Just shock. In his final year of service, he was discovered as a potential model. “He believed that everyone can be their greatest self, everyone can achieve their fullest potential and that there are no excuses,” said fan Carlton Totten.

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