Medford man killed by train in Ashland

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A Medford resident who was hit by a train in Ashland around 10 p.m. Sept. 5, near Tolman Creek Road succumbed to his injuries after more than a week in the hospital.

Kenny Ray Price, 49, died Friday, Sept. 13, from his injuries at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Lauren Van Sickle.

Police Chief Tighe O’Meara confirmed that a man had been hit by a train but could not give any more details about the situation, deferring to the railroad company, Genesee & Wyoming, which is handling the incident.

“Yes, I can confirm that the train crew reported the individual was lying against the rail when he was struck,” said Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, Inc. spokesman Michael Williams. “To help prevent such tragedies ... never trespass on railroad tracks and always obey all signs and warning devices at designated crossings.”

He declined to provide an official report.

Volunteers at a community peace meal will host a ceremony in honor of Price at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the corner of Winburn Way and Nutley Street at Lithia Park, across the street from the playground. The meal will follow at 5 p.m.

Contact Tidings reporter Caitlin Fowlkes at cfowlkes@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4496. Follow her on Twitter @cfowlkes6.

(Sept. 17: Story updated to correct Williams' role in speaking for Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad (CORP). An earlier version of the story stated he was a spokesman for Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc. which is an affiliate company he is employed by as a CORP spokesman.)

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