LUBBOCK, Texas Three storm chasers were killed in a crash near Spur, Texas Tuesday afternoon. That's about 70 miles east of Lubbock.
The Weather Channel has identified two of the chasers as 57-year-old Kelley Williamson and 55-year-old Randall (Randy) Yarnall. The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the third storm chaser as 25-year-old Corbin Jaeger.
Investigators say Williamson was driving a black Suburban north on a highway at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when it ran through a stop sign and hit a westbound Jeep, driven by Jaeger.
A lieutenant with the department of public safety says the three were chasing a tornado at the time of the crash, although CBS DFW (http://cbsloc.al/2ow2IOk) reports that police don't believe severe weather was a direct cause.
In a tweet, Emmy-award-winning, veteran storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski says now is the time for thoughts and prayers.
Jaeger worked for a group called "Mad WX." The group's website says he grew up in Colorado, and had been chasing storms in Tornado Alley since 2014.
Williamson and Yarnall worked as contractors for The Weather Channel. The network released a statement calling the pair "beloved members of the weather community."
They were also contractors with SVL Media, whose owner called them "country boys who loved what they did."
"That's their love and their passion," SVL Media Owner Nathan Moore says. "They want the public to get more information. They want the public to get more notice so they're more prepared."
Today is a tragic day for the storm chasing community: RIP Kelley Williamson, Randall Yarnall and Corbin Jaeger.— PSU Chase (@PSUStormChase) March 29, 2017
My condolences go out to storm chasers Kelley Williamson & Randy Yarnall from @weatherchannel who died in a MVC in Spur, Texas earlier today— Ontario Weather&News (@WeatherOntario) March 29, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with the families of Kelley Williamson, Randy Yarnall, and Corbin Jaeger.... https://t.co/hy0CiQxwev— North Texas SVR WX (@northtxwx) March 29, 2017