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Train-SUV collision kills two people near Klamath Falls

Wed., Dec. 11, 2013, midnight

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon State Police said a southern Oregon man and his sister-in-law were killed and his brother was seriously injured when their Jeep Cherokee was hit by a freight train at a marked rail crossing south of Klamath Falls.

Police identified the SUV driver in Tuesday’s collision as MacKenzie Conway, 33. He and his sister-in-law, Kalla Conway, 25, died at the scene.

Rear-seat passenger Nicholas Conway, 27, was ejected and seriously injured but was able to walk across U.S. Highway 97 to a market to get help. He was taken to a hospital.

State police said Nicholas and Kalla Conway were married. The driver and the surviving passenger were brothers.

All were from Klamath Falls.

In a statement, police said the SUV was traveling on a gravel frontage road paralleling the railroad tracks when it tried to cross the tracks and was hit in the passenger side by a northbound Union Pacific Railroad train. The vehicle rolled before coming to a rest. The crossing is marked with signs.

The crash is under investigation.


 

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