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06/25/2014 09:34 EDT | Updated 06/25/2014 12:59 EDT

Caleb Bankston, 'Survivor' Contestant, Dies In Freak Railway Accident

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People magazine reports that ex-"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" contestant Caleb Bankston died on June 24 following a railway accident.

The 26-year-old was working on a train at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham as a locomotive engineer/conductor when the train derailed, killing him. As of this writing, it's still unclear as to what caused the train to derail, but the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has been contacted, reports TMZ.com.

While not a "stand-out" player, Bankston was well-liked and seemed genuinely sincere during his time on 2013's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water." He was the fiancé of co-contestant Colton Cumbie, who ruffled the feathers of "Survivor" fans and players alike. Bankston finished in ninth place.

Bankston isn't the first former "Survivor" contestant to die since the show premiered in 2000. BB Anderson, who appeared on the show's inaugural season, died at 77 of brain cancer in 2013, and "Survivor: Palau" contestant Jenn Lyon died in 2010 after a battle with breast cancer.

According to People magazine, Bankston's death has sent shockwaves through the "Survivor" community.

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