Minn. Storm Chaser Killed In Okla. Highway Accident

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A storm chaser featured on The Weather Channel has been killed in a head-on collision in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol hasn’t released the names of those killed in a double-fatality accident on the Turner Turnpike in Sapulpa Saturday afternoon, but the Weather Channel said one of them was storm chaser Andy Gabrielson.

OHP Lt. George Brown said a vehicle driving west in the eastbound lanes of the highway collided with another vehicle near U.S. Highway 66.

A Weather Channel spokeswoman didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment on Sunday. According to a statement on the channel’s website, Gabrielson had been chasing storms in Texas and was headed home on Saturday. He was from Minnesota.

The statement said he was a contributor to severe weather coverage on the network.

Gabrielson kept a blog called Find the Tornado.

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  1. Payton says:

    I’ve been chasing for years and watch the Weather Channel religiously during tornado season as well as “Storm Chasers”

    Yet Ive never heard of this guy.

    Ah well, RIP fellow chaser.

  2. Brett says:

    Pretty ugly crash, from the photo. My guess is that the storm chaser was much more focused on the pending storm than he was on paying attention to to road. Since it appears that he was alone, he was being both observer and driver, a bad combination. A high price to pay for a few moments of glory.

    1. The facts says:

      They do not have the whole story here. He was hit head on by someone driving the wrong way. They believe alcohol was involved.

      1. ROBERT RAY says:

        keep us posted, on really what happened,thanks…so sad

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