DPS confirms identities of 3 storm chasers killed in crash
SPUR, Texas (KVII) - The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed the identities of the three people killed in a crash just outside of Spur, Texas. Three storm chasers were killed in the crash.
DPS said 57-year-old Kelley Gene Williamson, from Cassville, Missouri, was ejected from a Suburban during the crash. He was not wearing his seat belt.
The passenger in the Suburban was 55-year-old Randall Delane Yarnall, also of Cassville, Missouri. He was not wearing a seat belt.
DPS said the driver of a Jeep was 25-year-old Corbin Lee Jaeger, of Peoria, Arizona. Jaeger was wearing a seatbelt.
DPS said the Suburban was traveling northbound on FM 1081, disregarded a stop sign and collided with Jaeger's Jeep that was traveling westbound on FM 2794.
All three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The three occupants were all storm chasers.
The crash is still under investigation.
The Weather Channel has released a statement about the incident:
"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 news of the crash comes just after a tornado warning was issued for Dickens County in the area where the crash happened.
Storm chasers on Twitter are now updating their statuses to let people know they were not the ones involved in the deadly crash.