UPDATE: Train Hits Car, Killing Two South Of Klamath Falls

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, December 10 2013 at 4:26 PM, Updated: Tue, December 10 2013 at 7:44 PM

UPDATE: Train Hits Car, Killing Two South Of Klamath Falls

Two people are dead, and one man injured after a freight train slammed into an SUV at a crossing south of Klamath Falls this morning.

The accident happened just before 11 a.m. at a railroad crossing near Midland, about 10 miles south of Klamath Falls. 

Oregon State Police say the driver, 33 year old MacKenzie Conway was driving parallel to the tracks when he attempted to cross the tracks at a marked railroad crossing. A northbound freight train smashed into the SUV, killing MacKenzie Conway and 25 year old, Kalla Conway.

27 year old, Nicholas Conway survived. According to OSP, Mackenzie was Nicholas Conway's brother, and Kalla Conway was his wife.

Jan Leeper of the Midland Post Office said Nicholas Conway made his way across the highway to try to get help.

"Terry and Roger Smith were just coming into the post office, and she came to the window and I was helping her, and Roger came running in - said that a man had come from across the street, they'd been hit by a train - and was bleeding badly, and he was asking for a blanket."

The man was taken by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.

No one on the train was hurt. The train's speed and the engineer's name are not being released.

 Oregon State Police are investigating.

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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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