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Weather Channel denies it employed two storm chasers who died in 2017 crash

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SPUR, Texas -

The Weather Channel denies it employed two storm chasers who died in a crash with a third in 2017. 

Court records filed Wednesday also show the personal representative of one chaser's estate also denies his son was an employee at the Weather Channel. 

These filings stem from a wrongful death suit filed by the mother of one of the deceased weather spotters. 

Corbin Jaeger died in a collision with Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall a few miles west of Spur, all reporting on a storm. 

In her lawsuit, Jaeger's mother claims Williamson and Yarnall were so busy broadcasting they were responsible for her son's death. By extension, since she claims they worked for the Weather Channel she held the company liable and named several corporate entities involved with it. 

Both the Weather Channel and Yarnall's representative deny he was an employee. The Weather Channel claims both Yarnall and Williamson were independent contractors. 

Yarnall's estate claims Jaeger was negligent at the time of the crash and wasn't controlling his speed or trying to avoid the collision. 

Both ask Senior Federal Judge Sam Cummings to throw out the suit. 


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