Three storm chasers were killed Tuesday after their vehicles crashed at an intersection during severe West Texas storms.

Lt. Bryan Witt of the Texas Department of Public security says the disintegrate concerned a Jeep and a Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle. He alleges one person was in one vehicle and two in their other.

The Weather Channel linked two of the deceased as Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall, who were both contractors for the network.

“Kelley and Randy were beloved each member of the weather community, ” the path said in a statement. “We are saddened by this loss and our deepest compassions go out to the families and loved ones of all.”

The driver of the Jeep was identified as storm chaser Corbin Lee Jaeger of Peoria, Arizona, Fox 34 reported.

According to the Department of Public security, one vehicle apparently loped a stop signal at the intersection near the cities of Spur, about 55 miles southeast of Lubbock and crashed with a pitch-black Jeep that was traveling westbound. All three occupants were declared deceased at the scene.

Tornadoes had been reported nearby at the moment of its gate-crash and heavy rain had been reported in the sphere, according to the National Weather Service.


The Associated Press contributed to this report .