“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” Contestant Caleb Bankston Dead At 26

Posted on Jun 25 2014 - 1:56pm by Avigail

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“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.

 

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  • Babson_Chick

    Was so shocked to hear the news this morning – he was such a really nice guy. Such a horrible way to die and way too young. Colton will not be able to handle this I’m thinking. RIP Caleb!!

    • nan/4

      I never watched the show, but to die at such a young age is so terribly sad. My condolences to his family and friends.

      Hey Babs! Hope all is well!

      • Babson_Chick

        Hi nan!! He really was a good and kind person. His partner was a real biotch and quit the last show in tears.
        Doing great thanks!! Getting ready for a trip – having a family fun week during July 4th. week.
        How have you been??

        • twifan2

          WAIT!!!! You not taking us with?! 🙁

          • Babson_Chick

            Sorry but no – all my kids & grands (including the brand new little guy) along with my Mom are meeting at my brother’s homes (2 bros=2 homes) 1 has 80 acres along a huge river, we’ll be fishing, kayaking, 4 wheeling, fireworks every night, eating, playing games, etc. Also taking my bow & arrows. Cool to know that you have room to do anything you want. (all legal of course)

          • twifan2

            Legal? Really? :/

          • Babson_Chick

            of course – I’ll never tell

          • Tre’s Twits aren’t Angelic

            Wow, that sounds like great fun with all of the family!
            I’ve got to admit, I’m envious!

          • Babson_Chick

            Like I said it’s hard to get everyone together. We had a great time last year & my son + 4 kids will be coming this time. And have a date when I get back – that doesn’t happen very often – yeah!!
            Hope you have a great evening!!

          • nan/4

            LOL! Pot stirrer…… hehe

          • twifan2

            😉

        • nan/4

          Aww, it’s just so sad….

          Sounds like you’re getting ready to have a grand old time! Good for you, honey! I doing fine, thanks.

          Be safe, and have ton o’ fun!!!! 😉

          • Babson_Chick

            Thanks sweetie!! It’s not very often that we get together & will get worse with oldest grandson starting college. Also have niece & hub coming in from IN. We’re meeting in GA – doubt if we’ll see Nene & Co.

          • nan/4

            That sounds so nice! Enjoy, Babs! 🙂

          • Babson_Chick

            thanks!!

      • Hi my lovely Nan.

        • nan/4

          Hi Doc! How are you darlin’?

          • I’m well, thank you. Getting ready for a busy evening…Big Brother, Hollywood Exes….whew!!!! How are you?

          • nan/4

            I’m doing fine, thanks Doc. Don’t forget MDL Miami goes on tonight……I think. I don’t have my hopes up too high…. :-/

            Happy watching! Be well, my friend. 🙂

          • Babson_Chick

            busy night for dvr – hope MDL M is good

          • Babson_Chick

            Yeah – BB!!

    • Very sad. He’s was a nice guy. The good always die young 🙁

  • twifan2

    Hate reading news like this.
    So tragic. 🙁
    Prayers to his family.

  • MorningYawn

    I hate this. He seemed like a great person.

  • Tre’s Twits aren’t Angelic

    Bless his sweet spirit.
    I know that his Angels where there to help guide him to the other side.

  • ✿♡❀♡❁ Tigerlily ✿♡❀♡❁

    Oh my! May his soul rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to his family & friends! So sad.