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01-18-2015, 01:57 PM   #1
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Fitness model struck and killed by train in California

"A 37-year-old model featured on the cover of numerous fitness magazines was struck and killed by a train while filming on the tracks in Southern California, authorities said.

George Plitt Jr. and two other men were filming north of the Burbank train station Saturday afternoon when Plitt was hit by a southbound Metrolink train carrying 185 people, Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Meadows said.

Investigators interviewed witnesses who saw Plitt standing on the track even as the train's horn was blaring, Burbank police Sgt. Chris Canales said. Investigators have ruled out a suicide, he said."
Fitness model struck and killed by train in California - Yahoo News

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Did they at least catch that on camera?
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Poor sod...
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That's the second time I've read about this sort of incident this week.

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I see photogs posing families with small children on busy train tracks here all the time. If they can get the hell out of the way, why couldn't this fitness guy?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jcdoss Quote
I see photogs posing families with small children on busy train tracks here all the time. If they can get the hell out of the way, why couldn't this fitness guy?
I can't help picturing the Zoolander-type model...

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It's a trap for anyone working around large machinery like trains and unfortunately a lot of people have paid the ultimate price. The size conceals the speed so that it becomes easy to misjudge the rate at which the train is actually approaching. Next time you're waiting on a railway platform or pedestrian crossing, pay attention and you'll see what I mean.
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Apparently, based on this and the other ongoing thread about a train/photo incident, it turns out that idiots, trains and cameras aren't a good mix.
Who new? confused2

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Guys and girls... for the love of what you believe in... stay AWAY from train tracks!!!!!!!!!!

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I think that there are some people who relate the width of the train tracks to the width for the train which is very, very wrong.
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The other victim in cases like this is the train engineer.
Imagine reliving the experience for months later!
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Seems like this has happened about a half dozen times in the past year.
Aside from the tragedy of parents losing their daughter, a child losing their mother, etc, those train tracks shots are sooooo cliché, I wonder why any photographer would waste their time.
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Try working in a train yard. If you are between two trains moving in opposite directions, it really screws up you sense of balance as you brain tried to process conflicting data from either side of you. Workers are instructed to go to ground and wait until they pass.

An ancestor of mine was killed by a train near Kane, PA in 1897. Believe it or not, something went wrong with the buggy he was driving and it distracted him.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Seems like this has happened about a half dozen times in the past year.
Aside from the tragedy of parents losing their daughter, a child losing their mother, etc, those train tracks shots are sooooo cliché, I wonder why any photographer would waste their time.

Fatalities at crossings: 232 in 2012 and 251 in 2013 Crossing Collisions & Casualties by Year | Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
Fatalities trespassing on tracks: 429 in 2012 and 436 in 2013 https://s3.amazonaws.com/download.oli.org/STTT/STTT-TrespassSTATs-for-web.pdf


Yet people still think it's cool to hang out on train tracks and take pictures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
The other victim in cases like this is the train engineer.
Imagine reliving the experience for months later!
+1! He'll probably be haunted by this, for the rest of his life.
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