Another chaser accident

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  1. ericjkelly

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    Hearing rumors of another chaser accident near Paducah TX. Ambulance was called to the scene. Dont think its as serious as the last one but hoping everyone is ok!
     
  2. Warren Faidley

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    I'm hearing the same thing. Hopefully it's only a rumor.
     
  3. ericjkelly

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    Its confirmed. I think everyone is ok but someone blew through an intersection.
     
  4. Warren Faidley

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    I've heard minor injuries..... that is good news compared to a serious accident.
     
  5. ericjkelly

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    Glad to hear!
     
  6. Bob Schafer

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    My friends and chase partners Bill and Chris Robertson from Albuquerque were one of the two vehicles involved. They are apparently both okay. I was their nowcaster and spoke with Bill right after it happened, but I didn't want to be the one starting this thread, as you can imagine.

    Bill told me there were broken bones involved, but apparently no life-threatening injuries. They were northbound on a dirt road and the other vehicle westbound when at a blind intersection the accident occured. There was a "roadside assistance" vehicle there pretty quickly. Bill said their Honda minivan is destroyed.
     
  7. Tim Paitz

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    Hope everyone's ok! :(
     
  8. Ben Holcomb

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    Saturn would have had to be eastbound. I came up on the wreck right after it happened. Looked serious, glad everyone was walking.

    Sent from my XT1650 using Stormtrack mobile app
     
  9. cstrunk

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    Maybe we need to start advocating back-road driving safety tips during storm chasing more frequently. If both were dirt roads there may not have been any stop or yield signs. People may be unaware that intersections like that exist, and don't realize they need to slow down and yield.

    I don't know if this intersection had any signage at all. Chasers definitely need to be aware of these kinds of situations though.
     
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  10. Warren Faidley

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    Just to remind everyone that locals also do this, not just chasers. I talked with my chase partners last night and the idea is to stop or slow at any intersection where there is not 100% visibility in all directions. In most alley locations this is not a problem as the visibility is 100%. I honestly believe this non-stopping stupidity has become a part of chasing and it needs to be addressed.
     
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  11. Dan Robinson

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    I can vouch for the fact that rural intersections without stop signs are fairly common in the Plains and Midwest. There are several here in Illinois with both roads paved and 55mph.

    Since the March fatal accident, I have been paying attention to what happens at rural stop signs here in Illinois, and most everyone runs the signs with little to no slowing down due to the fact that you can see for miles in all directions. I will probably shoot a video of this.

    Again, I'm not suggesting that chasers shouldn't be careful, but as Warren pointed out, this isn't a chaser-only problem.
     
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  12. Marc R. O'Leary

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    They're all over the place in Eastern CO. I always slow down. In some instances, you can see by dust trails that vehicles are coming, but either way, I slow way down or stop. Stopping is usually a non-issue because these roads maybe see one or two cars a day. I'd just rather they not meet at an intersection at speed.
     
  13. Dan Robinson

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    Apparently there were at least three separate accidents yesterday per multiple credible reports on social media. If anyone knows the location of these accidents (and the confirmed circumstances behind them), please let me know via PM or this thread. Thank you!
     
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    I almost never go down a dirt road for a few reasons, but mainly because you might not know what is ahead of you...like a flash flood, or a dead end, or so much sloppy mud that a mudding truck might have trouble. I am not talking about the straight roads that you can see for miles, but sometimes the condition of the road is not definable until you are on it. I know this from experience. Getting stuck on a rural road with an approaching tornado is NOT worth it.
     
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  15. Kevin Rimcoski

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    Hey, Dan. The third accident was south of Quanah. We saw it directly in front of us and caught it on stream.
    Not sure if it was a chaser. But this guy was driving wither drunk or distracted. I told my partner to let him by because of it. He was all over the road crossing the lines multiple times. Came to a stop light and he was stopped and for whatever reason just floored it into the back of another pickup. He was in a silver RAM I believe it was
     
  16. Tim Paitz

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    In the summer intersections on rural roads are more difficult to see with the corn obstructing people's view.
     
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    If you can't see stop signs because of corn - it's more likely a fault of the driver and not the corn. I can't envision a scenario where the stop sign is obscured.
     

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