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Posted on 03/29/2017 7:27:49 AM PDT by BenLurkin
Three storm chasers were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Dickens County as a line of tornadic thunderstorms moved through the South Plains.
News of the crash spread quickly through the weather monitoring community, prompting an outpouring of support for the chasers who were from out of state, including a statement from The Weather Channel.
Investigators believe a black suburban was traveling northbound on FM 1081 when it disregarded a stop sign and collided with a black Jeep that was traveling west on FM 2794.
There were two drivers and one passenger in the two vehicles, Gonzalez said in a statement. All three occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Gonzalez confirmed all three were storm chasers.
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Global warming induced racism were involved in the crash
Please dont discount the SUV’s evil intentions in this ‘accident’.
Amazing how they tell us the colors of the cars, but never tell us the colors of perps when it’s black against white.
It is ironic that the three killed were all storm chasers. The two working for the Weather Channel disregarded a stop sign at speed and t-boned the second car also driven by a storm chaser.
I’ve watched storm chaser videos and it is lucky that most of the time they are in rural areas with sparse traffic as speeding and reckless driving seem to be a hallmark of this group of hobbyists. As the two that caused the wreck were under contract with the Weather Channel, expect lawyers for the family of the third person killed to sue for damages.
Somebody manages to bring race into a discussion about a weather related traffic collision.
Guess it takes dedication.
We can presume all three are white. A person commenting on my Oroville thread last night said he was on line watching the chase and saw them approaching the stop sign but not slowing down. He said that was when the live stream quit.
I’ve never understood “Storm Chasers.? Are these people flying around in their vehicles in a tornado really necessary? Seems they put themselves and others at risk because they need the thrill. Reminds me of the reporters who think it’s necessary to stand outside and report during a hurricane.
Yeah, I don’t get it.
They must have been going really fast or unbelted to die in a Suburban.
They were all looking at the tornado, not at the road.
You might find this interesting (and possibly applicable)
Weirum v. RKO General, Inc.
15 Cal. 3d 41 (1975)
“A rock radio station with an extensive teenage audience conducted a contest which rewarded the first contestant to locate a peripatetic disc jockey. Two minors driving in separate automobiles attempted to follow the disc jockey’s automobile to its next stop. In the course of their pursuit, one of the minors negligently forced a car off the highway, killing its sole occupant. In a suit filed by the surviving wife and children of the decedent, the jury rendered a verdict against the radio station. We now must determine whether the station owed decedent a duty of due care.”
Forgot the link: http://law.justia.com/cases/california/supreme-court/3d/15/40.html
Maybe that will keep them from encouraging this sort of ‘cowboy’ behavior in the future - but I doubt it.
Well, we know two vehicles are BLACK. We know they were both RACING to the intersection, trying to have a DRIVE BY. Since both cars were totaled, we have another case of BLACK ON BLACK crime.
Everybody is lamenting the three storm chasers. But nobody cars about the totaled vehicles. Which bring us to the question, do BLACK LIVES MATTER. Or as the Tornado points out, does BLEW LIVES MATTER.
Amen on that one. The leftist moralists think they alone should determine how we think and what we should know.
I was watching the live feed of Kelly Williamson and his partner Randy as they were chasing after a storm cell all morning on Youtube, the feed was very blotchy but you can clearly see the signs of the upcoming intersection and stop sign, scrub and trees were on the right. Not sure if the other vehicle a Jeep Wrangler had stopped either or if it was even a 4 way stop. The Suburban never slowed down and you can hear them commenting about the cloud circulation.
Other stormchasers routinely ignore stop signs if its out in the middle of nowhere.
They must have had a 3 second delay as the last image showed them just about to go through the intersection and then nothing.Kelly driving the Suburban was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. There was over 300 of these storm chasers out the day before, my question is....why?
Thats crazy to allow that many people to drive too fast often not looking at the road. I hope i get flamed to death but i think they should be restricted, get warning lights, be authorized or licensed. Too many adrenaline junkies looking for youtube hits. And the professionals that get complacent.
Um...yeah, storm chasers are necessary, because they provide the NWS with invaluable information that cannot be seen on radar. Information that saves countless lives every year. The NWS depends very heavily upon these people, so that they can issue more accurate warnings to the general public.
Right now, in my state, the NWS is offering courses in every county, to train people to be storm chasers. These courses are offered annually. The need is that great.
These people aren’t doing it for thrills. They’re putting their lives on the line to save our lives. And they’re so good at what they do, that accidents like this one are extremely rare.
Instead of putting these people down, they deserve the utmost respect. They’re on the same level as volunteer firefighters: American heroes.
I strongly agree with one point in your post: Storm chasers should be given lights and sirens. The storm chasers aren’t the problem, though; the problem is all those idiots driving around when they should be taking shelter. There should be NO traffic except storm chasers and emergency vehicles, when a tornado is in the area. And if storm chasers had lights and sirens, they would be able to see each other’s vehicles better in these stormy situations, which would definitely help them avoid accidents like these.
CedarDave, these people aren’t “hobbyists”; they’re volunteers, putting their lives on the line to gather valuable information for the National Weather Service. They HAVE to speed and drive recklessly to survive, because tornadoes are very unpredictable. If a tornado suddenly changes direction and heads toward you, you’d better clear out fast, or there would be a lot more than 3 fatalities in a single storm season.
I thought storm chasers had emergency lights on their vehicles.
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