(Burbank, California –January 17, 2015)
A 37-year-old man known for his roles on NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and a regular on Bravo TV Network reality and fitness shows was killed near the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s Burbank, CA depot Saturday afternoon about 4:05 P.M., PST, as he and two friends were filming Los Angeles Metrolink trains and passengers for possible use in fitness videos.
George Plitt, Jr., who went by the name of Greg Plitt, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, a former U.S. Army Ranger for five years, and star of Bravo TV’s “Work Out” television show, was struck and killed by Metrolink train #268 in what Bravo called “a very sad tragedy”.
Victor Crowell, a passenger on the Los Angeles-bound train, said that he saw the victim “stumble over the tracks”, while police said “For some reason, he was on the track and was struck by the train.”
Burbank Police Dept. Watch Commander Sgt. Scott Meadows said officers “were trying to determine exactly what happened”, and were interviewing all witnesses as well as the 185 passengers aboard the train. The cameras Plitt and his companions were using were seized as “evidence”.
But Sgt. Meadows also said that it appeared Plitt may have believed the train was on a parallel track. “It’s like a blind turn”, he said, “When the train came, you might not be able to tell which set (of tracks) the train is (was) on.”
Plitt was also appearing in Bravo’s “Friends to Lovers” reality series, but his episode on the show was still a few weeks away, although the show had premiered just last week. He had also appeared on more than 200 magazine covers and had bit parts in several movies.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, an average of 50 Metrolink, Amtrak and Union Pacific trains pass through the Burbank station on the CRRA’s double-tracked line through the city.