'Survivor' Contestant Caleb Bankston Dead At Age 26 Following Railway Accident

Former "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" contestant Caleb Bankston died on Tuesday, June 24, following a railway accident, reports People magazine.

The 26-year-old worked as a locomotive engineer/conductor at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham, and was working on one of the trains when it derailed, killing him. At this time it is still unclear as to what caused the train's derailment, but OSHA and the Federal Railroad Administration have been contacted, reports TMZ.

News of his death sent "shockwaves" through the "Survivor" community, according to People magazine, who spoke to several of Bankston's former contestants who expressed an outpouring of grief and their deepest sympathies for his family.

Bankston was a well-liked castmate who appeared on the show in 2013 alongside his fiancé Colton Cumbie, and ended the game in ninth place. He's the third contestant from the CBS game show to die since the show premiered in 2000.

Former "Survivor: Palau" contestant Jenn Lyon died in 2010 at the age of 37 after a six-year battle with breast cancer, and last year BB Anderson, who appeared on the show's first season, died of brain cancer at the age of 77.



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