three Texas storm chasers killed heading in the direction of the twister, police say


SPUR, Texas – Police said three storm chasers were killed in a car accident on Tuesday when they appeared to be heading for a tornado.

CBS Dallas reports that Department of Public Security soldiers say severe weather was not the direct cause of the crash. But the storm chasers were heading for a tornado when one vehicle passed a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. There were two drivers and one passenger in the two vehicles, and all three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

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The driver of the Suburban was identified as Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, and the passenger in the Suburban was identified as Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, of Cassville, Missouri, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Williamson didn’t wear a seat belt while Yarnall did, DPS said.

The driver of the jeep was identified as Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, from Peoria, Arizona.

Sgt. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Security said all three were storm chasers.

In a statement, the Weather Channel named Williamson and Yarnall “beloved members of the weather community.”

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