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Fitness And Reality TV Star Was Filming A Video On Tracks When Train Fatally Hit Him
Greg Plitt—a 37-year-old male model, reality TV star and fitness guru—was filming a video when he was fatally hit by a train this weekend.
Burbank police told the Associated Press that two men were filming Plitt while he was on the train tracks when he was hit by a train Saturday afternoon. Right now they're trying to figure out why Plitt was filming in a restricted area near the train tracks. Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Meadows told PEOPLE, "From the sound of it, he was filming something, but I can tell you that no filming permit had been issued."
Witnesses told police that Plitt was standing on the tracks even as the conductor blared his horn. Meadows told ABC 7, "The conductor said that when he was coming southbound on the train he hit the horn and hit the brakes to try and stop, but Mr. Plitt did not seem to react to the train's horn."
He told the AP that Plitt might not have realized that the train coming toward him was on the same track as him because of a curve in the tracks: "It's like a blind turn. When the train came, you might not be able to tell which set the train is on."
No one has said that Plitt was filming a workout video specifically, but Plitt had filmed a recent workout video showing him doing push-ups and pumping iron right near Metrolink train tracks:
Metrolink passenger Victor Crowell told ABC 7 it looked like Plitt had a camcorder in his hand when he was hit: "He had on all black. The train went by. I saw him stumble over the tracks. He had a camcorder in his hand."
Police said they've taken the camcorder as evidence in the case, but they're not sure who it belongs to.
KTLA obtained a photo from a viewer purportedly showing Plitt before he was hit. You can sorta make out what looks like a couple shirtless men:
Plitt was from Maryland and a graduate of West Point in 2000. He served as an Army Ranger before becoming an actor, personal trainer, and fitness model. In 2008, he was cast by Bravo for their reality TV series Work Out. He had most recently appeared on Bravo's Friend to Lovers, which premiered last Monday.