Father of reported 'Survivor: Thailand' contestant dies in accident while filming still underway
By Reality TV World staff, 07/16/2002
The Kingsport Times-News of Tennessee reported today that a Kingsport, TN man was killed Monday evening after his car went off the road and into a ditch. Thomas W. Vance, 62 was killed when his truck struck a driveway culvert, went across the driveway, and came to rest in the ditch on the other side of the driveway. Sullivan County investigators said Vance was not wearing a seat belt.
SurvivorNews.net later reported that a CBS spokesperson has confirmed to them that this was indeed the father of Tanya Vance, the previously reported Survivor contestant. CBS spokesperson said that has reportedly made arrangements for Tanya and her family to be together and she is currently en route.
It is widely believed that the 'Survivor 5' game is still active and entering it's final days of filming. It is unknown what Tanya's game status was at the time the tragedy struck.