Storm chaser killed in crash in Minnesota (UPDATE)

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Original article: According to a tweet posted by John Wetter, a storm chaser was killed in a crash in southwestern Minnesota yesterday. You can read the tweet Wetter  posted below: 

“Unfortunately it looks like we had a storm chaser death last night while chasing in southwestern Minnesota. They stopped for power lines across the road and were hit by a semi. #wxtwitter” 

John Wetter (@johnwetter)

Another tweet relating to this tragic incident can be read below:

“It appears a meteorologist from Mexico was killed #stormchasing Wednesday night in SW Minnesota. The vehicle she was travelling in stopped for downed power lines and was struck by a semi. Hours before she and another person in the car were tweeting about the storm

Guy Still (@mplstvguy)

Since this is a developing story, we will update this article once more details emerge. We will report this crash appropriately, no rumours will be printed. 

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Update: More information about the crash has emerged online (source). Read below:

The death of a passenger caught in a three-vehicle incident on a southwestern MN interstate is being attributed at least in part to the springtime stormy weather that swept through the southern part of MN yesterday.

MN State Patrol said the “chain of events” started before 6:00pm where electrical power lines had fallen over the highway as a storm went through. 

A car stopped to avoid hitting the wires and was hit by a semitrailer truck, the patrol said. The passenger in the car was killed, another was severely injured, and the two other occupants were less seriously injured, according to the patrol.

30-year-old Martha L. Llanos Rodriguez of Mexico was killed, according to the patrol. Hospitalised with life-threatening injuries is 42-year-old Bradford S. Barrett, the patrol said. 

Others injured were identified by the patrol as driver Diego Alvaro Campos (39) and Aldo Alberto Viscarra-Avilez (33). Both are from Chile. 

The semi driver was not hurt, the patrol said. Another car hit the wires but avoided hitting any vehicles.


Update #2: CBS MN has now published an article on the accident. You can read it here.

“It appears some of the victims were tweeting about the storm prior to the crash and may have been storm chasing.”

WCCO-TV Staff, 4 WCCO, CBS MN

Update #3: Tributes and images of the crash scene have emerged online. See below:


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