The Atlanta-area personal trainer is the second killed by a freight train in months
Two months after fitness expert and reality TV star Greg Plitt was killed by a Metrolink train in California, another personal trainer was struck and killed Tuesday in Georgia by a freight train.
Achilles Williams, 30, a popular Atlanta-area personal trainer, was skipping rope near the train tracks filming a YouTube workout video when he was sideswiped by a speeding freight train, a spokesperson at the Fulton County coroner’s office confirms to PEOPLE.
A friend who was filming the trainer – born Travis Williams – was also knocked to the ground by the impact but was not seriously injured, says Rick Harris, director of corporate communications for Norfolk Southern Corporation, the company that operates the train system.
“The train crew blew their horn and sounded the bells, but [Williams] did not move out of the way. The train did make impact and the person was fatally injured,” Harris says.
According to USA Today, Williams, was not on the tracks, but he was close enough to be struck as the train went by.
However, Harris says the investigation is still ongoing and that Williams may have been on the tracks at the time of his death. The train consisted of “16 cars hauling mixed freight,” he adds.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses and help the trainer’s 6-year-old daughter.
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