“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” contestant Caleb Bankston is dead at the age of 26.
According to media reports, Bankston died after a train he was on derailed. He was working at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham at the time of his death.
Bankston competed in “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” in 2013 with his fiancé, Colton Cumbie. The season filmed in the Philippines, but this time at Palaui Island, Cagayan from May through June 2013.
According to WNCT-9 News, sources close to the news source confirmed that Caleb died after being crushed between two railroad cars. He worked as an engineer for the Alabama Warrior Railway. According to this same source, Bankston was checking on something between two cars when the train derailed, crushing him in-between. There were no other reported injuries or fatalities, and both the Federal Railroad Administration and OSHA are investigating the accident.
The next season of “Survivor” is currently filming and will premiere in Fall 2014. “Survivor: San Juan del Sur: Blood vs. Water” will be the 29th season of the reality series that airs on CBS. The new season will be similar (couples) to the “Survivor” show Bankston appeared on, but all of the players will be new to the show.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the family.