$125 million lawsuit against Weather Channel in Lubbock for deadly crash

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On Tuesday the family of Corbin Lee Jaeger filed a $125 million lawsuit against the Weather Channel (TWC) for a deadly crash near Spur in Dickens County. 

The crash was in March of 2017.

“TWC’s on air personalities Kelley Williamson and Randall Yarnall habitually ran stop signs, traffic lights and violated other basic traffic safety laws, in attempts to obtain video footage for their show,” a statement from the family’s attorneys said.

Williamson and Yarnall died in the crash along with Jaeger who was age 25 at the time of his death. Ostensibly, the Weather Channel was interested in a major storm in the area on the day of the crash. 

“The lawsuit also alleges that TWC was aware of their dangerous, reckless driving habits,” the statement said.

“Yarnall and Williamson had a history of reckless driving when storm chasing,” the lawsuit said.  

The lawsuit said Jaeger had the right of way when the Weather Channel’s storm chasing unit ran a stop sign at 70 miles per hour.  The lawsuit said the Weather Channel was well aware of bad driving habits and was grossly negligent in letting it go on.  

Not only did the Weather Channel not stop the bad driving, the lawsuit said, but benefited from it because it would “increase the sense of danger” for their TV show.

A representative of the Weather Channel provided the following brief statement:

“We are saddened by the loss of Corbin Jaeger, Kelley Williamson, and Randy Yarnall. They were beloved members of the weather community and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of all involved. We cannot comment on pending litigation.”

CLICK HERE to read a copy of the lawsuit provided by the family’s attorneys. 

Related Story: DPS and Dickens Co. Officials Called to Report of Deadly Crash 

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