Three storm chasers were killed in a wreck while in route to a brief tornado touchdown in Spur, Texas
The identities of the three chasers will not be released until the families are notified
At this time the wreck does not appear to be weather related
Texas had just under a dozen tornadoes on Tuesday afternoon
UPDATE 8:55 pm: More details of the fatal accident have been released, including the names of the three victims.
Department of Public Safety stated that the accident involved two vehicles. A black suburban was traveling northbound on the FM 1081 with one passenger. The vehicle struck a black Jeep that was heading west on the FM 2794 after running a stop sign. The driver of the black suburban was thrown from the vehicle upon impact. All three were pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the black suburban has been identified as Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Missouri. The passenger was identified as Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville, Missouri. The driver of the black Jeep has been identified as Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Arizona.
On Tuesday afternoon, at roughly 3:00 pm, three storm chasers were killed in a fatal car accident west of Spur, Texas.
The chasers were trying to catch up with a tornado that briefly touched down in Spur. Despite just under a dozen tornadoes touching down in the Texas area so far today, the wreck was reported to not be weather related.
Since the accident, social media users have been speculating the identity of the victims. At this time it has been requested that the names not be released until the families have been notified.
Jeff Piotrowski confirmed the fatalities from the scene of the accident in a tweet. Piotrowski addressed the public desire to know the identities by stating that this is a “time to pray not share names.”
Tragedy strikes our community once again, confirming 3 storm chasers killed west of Spur TX. Now is the time to pray not share names.#txwx
— Jeff Piotrowski (@Jeff_Piotrowski) March 28, 2017
Every year we see more and more people becoming fascinated with storm chasing, which is leading to more people out on the roads trying to spot their first tornado. It is also causing an influx of chasers without proper training clogging up roadways. It is important to know how to be safe if you are thinking about going storm chasing.
Below you will find a “Storm Interception and observation safety guidelines for storm chasers, spotters, EMS and law enforcement,” written by Warren Faidley. Going into a storm with no knowledge puts everybody, including other storm chasers, at risk.