Reality TV star killed while filming video next to Metrolink track

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fitness model Greg Plitt killed by train.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. He was the star of the Bravo reality show “Work Out” and appeared on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” as well as in the films “Terminator Salvation” and “Grudge Match.” Coulter said his friend had an attitude toward life that “there was nothing he couldn’t do.” That’s why Plitt’s death came as a shock to his many friends and fans, he added.

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.

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