Storm chasers pursuing a tornado collided at an intersection in Texas on Tuesday, killing three.
Two of the storm chasers, Weather Channel contractors Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, and Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, were in a Chevrolet Suburban live-streaming their pursuit of the storm when the feed cut out as they reached a rural intersection outside of Spur.
Spur is about 60 miles east of Lubbock.
Police said Williamson ran a stop sign and hit a Jeep driven by 25-year-old Corbin Lee Jaeger, who was also chasing the storm, according to KWCH.
Williamson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle, KFDM reported.
Sgt. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told CBS Dallas that the weather did not play a direct role in the collision.
“We would encourage anyone driving down these remote roads to slow down and pay attention to traffic signs especially in inclement weather. It can become dangerous for all involved,” Gonzalez told the station.
Jaeger had posted a picture of his Jeep earlier in the day as he waited for the storm:
The Weather Channel released a statement on Williamson and Yarnall, who were featured in a two-part show called “Storm Wranglers” last year:
“This afternoon we learned that three people died in a car accident in Texas, including two contractors for the Weather Channel, Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall. Kelley and Randy were beloved members of the weather community. We are saddened by this loss and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of all involved.”
The three storm chasers were mourned online by the weather community:
Condolences to the families of stormchasers Kelley Williamson, Randall Yamall, and Corbin Jaeger killed in a TX car crash today. #RIP— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) March 29, 2017
Sad day in the weather today. Three storm chasers killed in car crash. RIP Kelley Williamson, Randy Yarnall & Corbin Jaeger. #chaserfamily— RobertHahnVNL (@RobertHahnVNL) March 29, 2017
Sad news in weather community again. fatal accident involving storm chasers. I am sure disc will come, right now just prayer/thoughts needed— Marshall Shepherd (@DrShepherd2013) March 28, 2017
RIP storm chasers killed in crash. #Missouri #Texas #StormChasers https://t.co/lweJKjXdkD pic.twitter.com/Ldo4L2Ofuw— Paula Morehouse (@PaulaMhouse) March 29, 2017
RIP Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnell. You will forever be missed . Praying for your families #StormChasers— Kim Ashley (@texaskat2003) March 29, 2017
RIP Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall. Great guys. Terrible loss to the weather community. Thoughts are with their families tonight.— Chris McBee (@McBeeWX) March 29, 2017
Today is a tragic day for the storm chasing community: RIP Kelley Williamson, Randall Yarnall and Corbin Jaeger.— PSU Chase (@PSUStormChase) March 29, 2017
Prayers to the families of the storm chasers who died in a fatal car accident near Spur, TX this afternoon.— Donald Blondell (@OKCStormWatcher) March 28, 2017
Lost 3 great chasers today. One was a friend & member of the #AZWX community. I’ll sure miss your passion for weather & aviation. RIP Corbin— Bryan Snider (@BryanSnider) March 29, 2017
”The storm chaser community is a very unique, close-knit group of friends and family who are driven by a common passion for extreme weather,” AccuWeather extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer said. “Their shared passion and experience for chasing tornadoes, and especially for warning people in their path, will be forever missed here in Tornado Alley and beyond.” — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.