SPUR, Texas — Three storm chasers, including two Weather Channel contractors, were killed Tuesday while chasing a tornado in Texas, authorities said.
One of the men who died attended Douglas County High School in Castle Rock a few years ago.
They were pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash about five miles west of Spur, Texas, officials said.
The crash occurred when a black Suburban traveling northbound about 3:30 p.m. ran through a stop sign and collided with a Jeep traveling westbound, according to Sgt. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Authorities identified the driver of the Suburban as Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Mo. The Suburban’s passenger was Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville. The Jeep’s driver was identified as Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Ariz.
Jaeger attended Douglas County High School, according to his Facebook page.
Authorities said Williamson was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Yarnall and Jaeger were wearing their seat belts.
Williamson and Yarnall were contractors for the Weather Channel, the station said in a statement.
The two “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 Weather Channel said.
Lt. Bryan Witt of the DPS said the three were chasing a tornado in Dickens County. There was a confirmed tornado reported about the same time.
Spur is nearly 70 miles east of Lubbock. Fifteen tornado reports had been made Tuesday, mostly in central and northern Texas.