3 storm chasers killed in Texas during storms
Three storm chasers, including two who worked for the Weather Channel, were killed Tuesday when their vehicles collided in rural West Texas.
The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. near Spur, about an hour east of Lubbock, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed.
Kelley Williamson, 57, and Randy Yarnall, 55, both of Missouri, who were featured on the Weather Channel show “Storm Wranglers,” died in the wreck, the network said in a statement Tuesday evening.
Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Ariz., was the third storm chaser killed in the wreck, according to the DPS.
In a statement, the DPS said Williamson was driving a Suburban SUV north on Farm Road 1081, about 5 miles west of Spur, when he ran a stop sign and collided with a Jeep that was going west on Farm Road 2794.
Jaeger was driving the Jeep and Yarnall was a passenger in the Suburban. Williamson was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the Suburban, the DPS said.
Jaeger and Yarnall were wearing seat belts. All three men died at the scene.
A tornado warning was in effect at the time of the crash, according to the National Weather Service, though it was unclear if weather played a factor in the wreck.
The DPS was still investigating the crash.
The Weather Channel statement said Williamson and Yarnall were contract workers for the network and “beloved members of the weather community.” Their show, “Storm Wranglers,” aired in October.
Many storm chasers were posting about the crash on social media.
Jeff Piotrowski, a professional storm chaser with TwisterChasers.com, tweeted that he was at the scene of the accident and confirmed that three storm chasers died.