Fitness model Greg Plitt, who was struck by and killed by a train in Burbank Saturday, and his two-man film crew had not obtained the proper permit to film on the commercial train tracks where he tripped and was subsequently killed by an oncoming train, Metrolink indicated.
Scott Johnson, a Metrolink spokesman, said that he had “no idea what Greg was thinking,” as one must realize that “when you see tracks, you have to believe that within moments a train is coming.” He indicated that there is a process through which permits to film on the track can be obtained and once obtained, one can shoot to their “heart’s content.”
“I have no idea what Greg was thinking, but the reality is when you see tracks, you have to believe that within moments a train is coming […] You can shoot to your heart’s content. Unfortunately in this case, that didn’t occur.”
Warren Coulter, a longtime friend of the recently deceased fitness model, told ABC News in a report contributed to by The Associated Press that Greg had simply tripped while filming a commercial and went on to call Plitt’s accidental death a “horrible disaster.”
“He did not trip too often so if he was gonna trip, he was gonna trip big, and that’s exactly what happened and it’s a horrible, horrible disaster.”
The commercial the 37-year-old fitness model was filming with his two-man crew was for a nutritional product.
Melanie Marden, Plitt’s girlfriend, said that she couldn’t believe he was gone and that he had spent the “last decade of his life dedicating it to empowering others to find their greatness.”
Marden described her former boyfriend as a graduate of West Point, former Army ranger, a model, actor, and reality star who had a love for adventure.
A makeshift memorial was erected at the spot near the tracks where Plitt was killed.
Plitt’s website had a motivational video posted on it in which he can be seen working out on the tracks as a Metrolink train passes by him.
Metrolink spokesman Johnson indicated on Monday that the Los Angeles-region commuter train system does try to warn people when they see that they have posted images or videos of themselves on their tracks, but he was not aware of whether Plitt had been contacted in the past.
USA Today reported that police have opened up an investigation into why Greg was on the tracks.
Plitt was a TV fitness instructor, actor, former Calvin Klein model, and more. He died in Los Angeles after being struck by a Metrolink train on Saturday afternoon. He was 37-years-old.
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