Ryan Hall Describes “The REAL Danger Of Storm Chasing” – A Tornado Chase Crash ICYMI

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Ryan Hall describes an accident involving his STORM SEEKER pickup truck. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Ryan Hall of Pineville, Kentucky, runs a YouTube channel known as Ryan Hall Y’all. Ryan says he’s been interested in weather for as long as he can remember. He’s got some serious skills and a serious setup — both mobile and home studio-wise.

Unfortunately, he hit a setback in April 2021. While storm chasing in Texas in April 2021, his storm chasing partner, who was driving his well-equipped pickup truck, crashed almost head-on at a Farm-to-Market rural highway intersection (FM-367 and FM-368) in Iowa Park Texas. His driver missed a stop sign in darkness at an intersection that would best be described as non-intuitive.

The straight away Highway FM-367 had the stop sign to stop to a more heavily traveled FM-368/367. The driver that failed to stop was definitely at fault, and was cited. However, the proper design of that intersection is questionable. Anyone driving at night on this rural two-lane highway, and encountering oncoming traffic straight ahead, would probably pay more attention to lane usage and the oncoming headlights to make sure the oncoming driver is alert and also driving with proper lane usage. Combined with facing blinding oncoming headlights on a highway that curves before your eyes, a non-local driver would not expect the stop sign, and could understandably not even see the stop sign.

When the oncoming driver taking the curve on FM-368 with the right of way in front of the STORM SEEKER pickup truck driver, they crash. The crash occurred because the pickup truck driver didn’t stop, partly because the driver is accustomed to interactions at most intersections, which require drivers making the left turn to yield to oncoming straight-thru traffic.

NOTE: The intersection should be re-designed or the stop sign should at least be illuminated.

The driver they hit was not hurt, according to Ryan Hall; and the side-swipe head-on style crash did not total Ryan Hall’s GMC pickup truck. After repair and retrieval of the pickup truck in September 2021 from the Walters Collision Center in Pikeville, Kentucky, the STORM SEEKER truck was back in service on October 8, 2021, according to a Tweet posted @ryanhallyall.


Iowa Park, Texas FM-367 and FM-368 intersection (Image capture December 2012 ©2021)
Iowa Park, Texas FM-367 and FM-368 intersection (Image capture December 2012 ©2021).



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