Train Crash Victims Identified

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, December 11 2013 at 5:27 PM, Updated: Wed, December 11 2013 at 5:44 PM

A Klamath Falls man who survived a collision with a freight train Tuesday lost his wife and a brother in that crash...

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened.

Police aren't sure if the driver of the Jeep Cherokee was trying to beat the train to the crossing...

"We're not exactly sure if they saw the train or not at this point."  Notes Sergeant Bob Fenner of the Oregon State Police.  "But the investigation is continuing."

It's believed that 33 year old MacKenzie, or 'Mack' Conway was at the wheel...

He and 25 year old Kalla Elaine Conway were pronounced dead at the scene.

27 year old Nicholas Jordan Conway made his way across the highway for help.

Nicholas Conway is listed in 'fair' condition at Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Police point out that the railroad crossing is marked with signs, but does not have crossing guards.

"They were traveling northbound on a gravel road adjacent to the railroad tracks."  Says Sergeant Fenner.  "Attempted to cross at a marked railroad crossing, and the train struck the passenger side of the vehicle."

Fenner says it's still unclear just where people were sitting in the car at the time the train hit...

"Looking at seat belt usage, and any other evidence we can find to determine exactly where everyone was at."

Nicholas and Kalla Conway were married, with an 8 month old daughter.

MacKenzie Conway is reported as the survivor's brother.


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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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