Friends: Fitness model killed by train was bold but careful

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Fitness model Greg Plitt killed by train.

Pope Francis confirmed on Monday that his first visit to the United States since being named leader of the world’s Roman Catholics will include trips to Washington and New York City in late September, as well as a previously announced stop in Philadelphia.But when Greg Plitt tripped while running along a Metrolink track in Burbank on Saturday, he could do nothing to avoid being struck and killed by an oncoming commuter train.It remains unclear why the fitness model and actor who was killed while filming a video on California railroad tracks on Saturday did not get out of the way of an oncoming train.Two men were filming Greg on a railway track north of Burbank station on Saturday afternoon when the 37-year-old was hit by a southbound Metrolink train.

Although police are still investigating, friends say Plitt was filming video for his workout, nutrition and motivational website, trying to get action shots. 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. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., both Catholic, invited the popular Francis last March to become the first pope to address Congress.

He said Plitt may have tried to act like Superman, who in the 1950s-era TV show was said to be “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive.” Plitt always “wanted to push things to the limit,” his girlfriend, Christina Stejskal, said as she wept during an interview Monday. “He’s just like Superman.” A train hitting people or cars is nothing new in the Los Angeles region, where most tracks run at street level. The muscular actor and West Point graduate has appeared on more than 200 magazine covers, Bravo’s reality television show Work Out and NBC’s daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives, according to a website in Greg’s name.

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. Many are acts of suicide, while others are drivers trying to race through crossings or pedestrians who can’t hear the horns or misjudge the train’s speed. He was such a high achiever.” “This is a terrible tragedy,” Bravo tweeted Sunday. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Greg Plitt’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.” “He lived to 37 years to the most that you can ever imagine,” Coulter told NBC. “Greg in his 37 years probably was what most people would do in their entire lives.” It is considered trespassing, a misdemeanor offense, to be on railroad rights-of-way without authorization. “He had no permit to be there,” Lustgarten said. “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’s permit procedures include safety briefings and — depending on the circumstances, such as being on the right-of-way — flagmen to warn of approaching trains.

For 45 years, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid the Sun has featured topless models called Page 3 girls — photos that have long drawn protests from feminists. Michael Ewing, a producer who was close friends with the reality TV star, said Plitt, a rock climber and avid sky diver, was “the most alive person” he’d ever met. Manhattan in the 2009 film “Watchmen.” Lustgarten said the Burbank station is on a stretch of track where trains travel at more moderate speeds because there is a string of stations in that area. Sun spokesman Dylan Sharpe tweeted that Page 3 would remain “in the same place it’s always been — between Page 2 and Page 4.” 9,000 The jury pool for the trial of James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in an attack on a Colorado movie theater in July 2012.

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