Achilles Williams, whose real name was Travis Williams, was a personal trainer who often videotaped outdoor workouts for his YouTube channel. Investigators say Williams and a friend were shooting a video near the train tracks over Roxboro Road near East Paces Ferry at the time of the accident. Williams was jumping rope while the friend shot video.
Investigators say Williams was not on the tracks, but was close enough to them to be struck as the freight train went by. They say he apparently misjudged the width of the train in relation to the size of the tracks. His friend was not injured but he was knocked down a hill by the impact.
Friends and loved ones are planning a memorial service and have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses and to help support his 6-year-old daughter. Those who want to remember Achilles Williams via social media can tweet them using the hashtag #RIPAchilles.