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'Survivor' Star Caleb Bankston

We'll Pay For His Funeral

Says Railroad Company

6/26/2014 10:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Survivor" star Caleb Bankston -- who died in a freak train derailment Tuesday -- will be buried Thursday in Alabama ... and the railroad company where he worked will foot the bill for the funeral ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for Watco Companies -- which operates the Alabama Warrior Railway where the derailment occurred -- says it's been in contact with Bankston's family ... and has promised to cover all of the burial expenses.

TMZ broke the story ... the 26-year-old train engineer was crushed between two rail cars when one of the cars unexpectedly jumped the tracks. 

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Caleb was engaged to marry Colton Cumbie this fall. The two appeared together last year on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water."

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1.

KK    

He took the Last Train to Clarksville.

30 days ago
2.

EileenMCastro    

Wow! So sorry for his families loss. RIP.

30 days ago
3.

KK    

I think the company is being rail-roaded. They didn't engineer this tragedy, yet this story keeps chugging along.
And Colton's caboose will sadly not be consummated.

30 days ago
4.

me    

They're going to be paying for a whole lot more than the burial expenses.

30 days ago
5.

penewhite    

Well that's good of them, after all he was killed ON THE JOB. They're going to need to open their wallets a bit wider

30 days ago
6.

heffner88    

I think a wrongful death suit is in order, paying for only the funeral ? I bet they would if they could get away with it.

30 days ago
7.

Shoozie    

Of course they are paying for the funeral. ALSO a wrongful death suit is in the cards for their insurance company. Rest in Peace.

30 days ago
8.

D-INCARNATION    

I'd go with the boxcar style casket since their treating and make sure it has one of those safety bells inside just in case....♠♠♠

30 days ago
9.

DiM    

Yes, o fcourse the family are gonna sue as they should.
RIP gentle soul.

30 days ago
10.

jasonluckydog    

Looks like Colton waited too long to marry him no money for you !! Plus gay marriage is illegal In Alabama

30 days ago
11.

01void    

Yeah they're going to pay

30 days ago
12.

keepinitrealincali    

DUH! He died on the job! Of course they're going to pay!

30 days ago
13.

Usagi-chan    

So young. I feel bad for Colton.

30 days ago
14.

Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Plus settle lawsuit?!

30 days ago
15.

Gretel    

He was such a nice guy. Colton was so high strung he got the vapors when the wind blew the wrong way. The poor guy is probably catatonic. Very sad.

30 days ago
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