Gay ‘Survivor’ contestant dies in Alabama railway accident

Caleb Bankston (right)  with his fiance
Caleb Bankston (right) with his fiancé Colton Cumbie. CBS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Caleb Bankston, a former contestant on the “Survivor” reality show, has died in a railway accident in Alabama. He was 27.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bill Yates says Bankston, who was working at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham, was thrown from a train in a partial derailment on June 24.

The Alabama Warrior Railway, only a few miles long, is used by industries in Birmingham to haul coal and other materials.

Bankston, of Collinsville, Alabama, appeared on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” in 2013 with his fiancé Colton Cumbie, according to the show’s website.

Officials from Pittsburgh, Kansas-based transportation firm Watco Companies, which owns the railway, said Bankston’s co-workers were being offered counseling.

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