Three Storm Chasers Die in Crash in Texas


Three storm chasers, including two who worked for the Weather Channel, were killed on Tuesday when their vehicles collided near Spur, Tex.

Ellysa Gonzalez/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, via Associated Press

For those who chase severe storms the thrill of the chase is tempered by danger.

The effects of a tornado — damaging hail, winds that can exceed 100 miles per hour and debris that can be made into deadly projectiles — are hazardous, but the other perils are man-made: the cars driven by other storm chasers.

That was the case on Tuesday afternoon when three storm chasers were killed in a crash outside of Spur, Tex., about 70 miles east of Lubbock, as they pursued a tornado, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Kelley G. Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Mo., was driving a Suburban when he went through a stop sign and struck a Jeep driven by Corbin L. Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Ariz., the department said in a statement. Mr. Jaeger was pronounced dead at the scene, as was Mr. Williamson and a passenger in his vehicle, Randall D. Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville, Mo.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation. It was raining at the time of the collision, and there did not appear to be any tire skid marks, Sgt. John Gonzalez, a department spokesman, said.

Mr. Williamson and Mr. Yarnall were known for their appearances on “Storm Wranglers,” a show on the Weather Channel.

The show’s website described their adventures going “head-to-head with every storm imaginable, including powerful tornadoes and supercell thunderstorms” and called Mr. Williamson “the eyes and ears on the ground for the Weather Channel when our viewers need it most.”

Mr. Williamson, a farmer by trade, started tracking storms after his wife got caught in a tornado in 2008. It picked up her van and “she nearly broke every bone in her…

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