Caleb Bankston, former reality show star, dies while working on train in Birmingham
By Lauren Walsh
Caleb Bankston, 26, was killed Tuesday, June 24, 2014, while working on a coal train on the Alabama Warrior Yard in north Birmingham.
The worker killed in an accident at a railway facility in North Birmingham has been identified as Caleb Bankston.You may recognize the name. He is a former contestant on the television show "Survivor."Here at home, 26-year old Bankston was a conductor for Alabama Warrior Railway."Caleb was a very humble, selfless, always thought of others first," remembered Dan Smith, Vice President of Alabama Warrior Railway. Bankston worked for the company for the last nine months."Caleb was a tremendous individual. He had many strong relationships, was beloved by our team," added Smith. Smith says there are ongoing investigations into the accident that cost Bankston his life. Officers from the Federal Railroad Administration are in town leading that process."We are in the middle of the investigation. What I know at this point is it involved a railcar and trauma to Caleb that resulted in a fatal injury."The railway went into a safety stand down Wednesday morning, meaning the railroad was shut down and workers reported to safety briefings. The goal was to see if crews were ready to go back to work after the company's first deadly accident. "Our team is getting through this minute by minute with the support from one other and I'm proud of the way they've handled this, under the circumstances. They are strong people focusing on Caleb's family and Caleb's spirit," said Smith. Railway operations have since resumed on a normal basis.
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