Storm Chaser Killed By Wrong-Way Driver In Turnpike Crash Near Sapulpa
SAPULPA, Oklahoma - One of the drivers killed in a crash on the Turner Turnpike Saturday afternoon was a storm chaser who worked on the Weather Channel show "Tornado Hunt."
Andy Gabrielson was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong way.
Troopers say that driver had been going the wrong direction on the Creek Turnpike, then got onto the Turner still going the wrong way.
They think alcohol is likely to blame for the crash.
Two other cars were also involved in the collision.
"The other two drivers just kinda involved after the head-on occurred - kinda a side-swiped deal," said Lieutenant Chris Arnall of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Troopers say both those drivers' injuries were minor, but they were taken to the hospital to get checked out.
The OHP has not yet released the identities of the other three drivers, including the driver who was headed the wrong way and also died in the crash.
Gabrielson lived in Oklahoma City during severe weather season.
He was just outside Dallas chasing storms Friday. In fact, one of the television stations rode along with him as he went on the hunt and did a story about his passion for chasing.
Gabrielson was two weeks away from his 25th birthday.
He leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.