Passenger thrown from Jeep hit by train survives; wife, brother killed

Passenger thrown from Jeep hit by train survives; wife, brother killed

MIDLAND, Ore. - The only survivor of a Jeep hit by a freight train Tuesday walked across the highway to a market for help after a collision that killed both his wife and older brother, who was driving the car.


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The survivor - identified by state police as Nicholas Conway, 27, of Klamath Falls - walked across Highway 97 to the Midland Family Market, where bystanders helped him until medical and police responders arrived. He was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls.

His wife, 25-year-old Kalla Conway, got thrown from the Jeep in the crash. She died at the scene.

The crash also killed the driver, 33-year-old MacKenzie Conway, the survivor's older brother.

Oregon State Police said the elder Conway brother was behind the wheel of the Jeep northbound on a gravel frontage road when he attempted to cross the railroad tracks at a marked crossing.

A northbound train hit the Jeep, pushing it off the tracks, police said. The Jeep overturned before coming to a rest beside the tracks.

The engineer managed to bring the train to a stop about a mile after the crash, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.