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Double Fatal Traffic Crash Involving Train and Passenger Vehicle south of Klamath Falls

December 10, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday morning's collision between a sport utility vehicle and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) train at a marked crossing just west of Highway 97 near Midland in Klamath County. The collision resulted in the death of two adults and serious injuries to a third adult.

Updated information indicates on December 10, 2013 at approximately 10:49 a.m., a 1995 Jeep Cherokee driven by MacKENZIE CONWAY, age 33, from Klamath Falls, with two adult passengers was northbound on a gravel frontage road paralleling the railroad tracks adjacent to Highway 97 near milepost 281. The Jeep attempted to cross the tracks at a marked railroad crossing and was struck in the passenger side by a northbound UPRR freight train.

The train pushed the vehicle off the tracks where it rolled before coming to rest. The train continued until its engineer brought it to a controlled stop about a mile from the railroad crossing which is marked with signs but does not have crossing guards.

MacKENZIE CONWAY was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints. A 25-year old female passenger, identified as KALLA CONWAY from Klamath Falls, was ejected and also pronounced deceased at the scene.

A 27-year old rear seat male passenger, identified as NICHOLAS CONWAY from Klamath Falls. was also ejected. He was seriously injured but was able to walk across Highway 97 to the Midland Family Market where bystanders helped him until medical and police responders arrived. He was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center.

No injuries were reported for anyone on the train. The train's speed and name of the engineer is not available.

NICHOLAS and KALLA CONWAY were married. MacKENZIE CONWAY is reported as the survivor's brother.
OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Thomas Andreazzi is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by UPRR police and railroad officials, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Kingsley Field Fire Department, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT.


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