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 spokesman.
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.