March 31, 2015
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Hollywood blockbuster
“Insurgent” is receiving some backlash from Metrolink, which claims the
film and others like it glamorize the dangers of moving trains.
The rail service in response says it’s created its own public service
announcements, which Metrolink plans to show in Southern California
movie theaters beginning this summer.
“There are young people who see these portrayals in the entertainment
industry, and they try to emulate it,” said Scott Johnson, a Metrolink
According to Metrolink, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every three hours in the United States.
In January, George Gregory “Greg” Plitt Jr., a reality television star, was killed by a train in Burbank during a film shoot on the tracks.
Metrolink says Plitt did not have a permit to be there.
Since his death, the rail system says Hollywood has become more aware
of the dangers around train tracks, but the focus is now on moviegoers
who officials hope will not try to mimic movie scenes.
“We want to make certain people understand doing that in real life can kill you,” Johnson said.
Just hours ago, Metrolink officials said a woman was hurt after
getting hit by a train in Baldwin Park. It’s unclear why she was
standing on the tracks, but officials said it’s another example of why
people need to be careful.