Three storm chasers, including two working for The Weather Channel, were killed in a crash Tuesday in Spur, Texas. The three are believed to have been chasing a tornado in Dickens County when their vehicles collided.
Around 3:30p ct, Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall were traveling in a chase vehicle contracted by The Weather Channel when their car collided with that of Corbin Jaeger, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The vehicles were about five miles west of Spur near the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1081 and Farm to Market Road 2794.
All three succumbed to their injuries.
In a statement released late Tuesday, the Weather Channel said:
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.
Williamson could frequently be heard on The Weather Channel during severe weather. He often traveled the country providing real-time commentary of hazardous weather.
Fans have taken to The Weather Channels Facebook page to remember Williamson and crew, including one viewer who wrote:
I'm very sorry for your loss, The Weather Channel. I really enjoyed watching his videos, and he will be missed by many. His livestreams of tornadoes almost certainly led people to take cover when they would otherwise have not taken a warning seriously
Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Missouri, was ejected from the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to Texas DPS. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, officials said. Both Yanall, 55, also of Cassville, Missouri, and Jaegar, 25, of Peoria, Arizona, were wearing their seatbelts.
Officials did not confirm a cause of the crash Tuesday.
Spur, Texas is about 60 miles east of Lubbock in northern Texas.
The Carolina Weather Group wishes to extend its condolences to the family of friends of those involved in Tuesday's unfortunate crash. We are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.