So sad. ‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ contestant Caleb Bankston reportedly died when the train he was working on derailed on June 24. He was just 26 years old.
The Survivor community was dealt a shocking blow on June 24 when Caleb Bankston, a railway worker and former Survivor: Blood vs. Water contestant, lost his life in a train accident in Birmingham, Ala. He leaves behind his fiance, Colton Cumbie, with whom he competed on the show in 2013.
Caleb Bankston Dead: ‘Survivor’ Contestant Dies In Train Accident At 26
Caleb passed away after a train he was working on at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham, Ala. derailed, according to a new report from People magazine. The details of the accident are still unclear. Officials at Watco Companies L.L.C. tell the AP that one of their employees died in an accident but did not identify the worker.
Caleb, who was a Locomotive Engineer/Conductor at Alabama Warrior Railway, according to his Facebook page, came in 9th place when he competed with fiance Colton on Survivor: Blood vs. Water.
The couple were set to get married in October, and we know Colton must be devastated right now. Twitter users say he tweeted from his protected account, “I just wish it was me….” after learning the tragic news, the UK’s Daily Mail reports.
Caleb Bankston: Fellow ‘Survivor’ Contestants Remember An ‘Amazing’ Friend
Caleb will also be remembered by his fellow Survivor contestants, including Aras Baskauskas.
“Caleb was an amazing man and friend,” Aras tells People. “One of the sweetest and most sincere humans I’ve ever come across. I am gutted by his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Sabrina Thompson, who competed on Survivor: One World with Caleb’s fiance, Colton, recalls how in love the young couple were. “While playing Survivor with Colton, he would talk about his boyfriend, Caleb, around the clock 24/7,” she tells the mag. “Within seconds of meeting Caleb at the finale and Survivor events, it’s no wonder why he raved about him. You were instantly drawn to his big smile, warm spirit and Southern charm. May God rest his soul … gone too soon.”
It’s so sad to see Caleb go at such a young age. Our thoughts are with Colton and the rest of Caleb’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee