Atlanta fitness guru and YouTube star killed
Abeloved Atlanta fitness trainer who amassed thousands of online followers with motivational YouTube videos was reportedly struck and killed by a train while a friend filmed him jumping rope near the tracks.
Travis “Achilles” Williams, 30, who touted himself as “your trainer’s favorite trainer,” died Tuesday afternoon after the tragic accident. Williams, father to a 6-year-old daughter, was working out when he apparently misjudged the width of an oncoming freight train in relation to the rails, 11Alive reported.
The friend shooting his workout was also struck by the barreling locomotive but survived while being knocked down a hill.
“Everyone knew Achilles had an unbelievable spirit and energy. He lived his 30 years better than many will live their lifetime,” a GoFundMe page created for his daughter and his claimed no-profit foundation, A to Z, read. “Travis was truly one of a kind and his legacy of helping and loving others will continue.”
In January, actor, model and bodybuilder Greg Plitt was struck and killed by a train in Burbank, Calif., while filming a promo shoot along the rails. Video taken from the Metrolink commuter train captured the 37-year-old running along the tracks ahead of an oncoming train when he suddenly disappeared off camera.
Williams’s and Plitt’s senseless deaths make up just a sliver of countless others along the nation’s rails, many involving teenagers.
Travis “Achilles” Williams, a popular personal trainer and YouTube personality in Atlanta, was struck and
killed by a freight train while shooting an outdoor
workout on Tuesday.