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Grayslake man among 3 students killed in accident with semi-truck in Okla. under harsh weather conditions

KAY COUNTY, Okla (KFOR) – Three students from the University of Oklahoma died Friday night when their vehicle was hit by a semi-truck in Kay County under severe weather conditions.

Nicholas K. Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas, Gavin A. Short, 19, of Grayslake, Ill., And Drake H. Brooks, 22, of Evansville, Ind., All died at the Intestate 35 South crash site near Milestone 214 in Tonkawa, Okla., according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials.

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The three OU meteorology students who died in a tragic crash Friday night. Photo provided by Brayden Siau, also an OU meteorology student.

Each young man is listed as a student on OU’s website. KFOR has learned that all three were meteorology students.

An OU official issued the following statement about the deaths of the students:

“The university is devastated to hear of the tragic passing of three students. All were valued and loved members of our community. At this time, we are asking the public to respect the privacy of their families.”


The three students were traveling in a 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan heading south on I-35 in rainy weather when the vehicle struck at about 6 p.m. 23:23 walked, lost control and drove from the right side of the road. The vehicle re-entered the road on the left and was disabled, blocking the outside lane, OHP officials said.

A 2020 Freightliner tractor trailer heading south on I-35 crashed into Volkswagen, according to officials.

All three young men sat trapped for about 5 hours and 26 minutes inside the Volkswagen. Tonkawa Fire and EMS officials freed their bodies from the wreck.

The accident is still under investigation.

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