Three meteorology students at the University of Oklahoma took home from Kansas, where they had been storm hunting, died Friday night after their car water plane and were hit by a truck.
Nicholas Nair, 20, Gavin Short, 19, and Drake Brooks, 22, traveled south on Interstate 35 in Tonkawa, Okla. around. 23.30 when their 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan turned off the road and then back and was thrown off. a semi traveling in the same direction, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Saturday.
Tonkawa Fire Department officials and paramedics spent more than five hours freeing the men from the wreck, but all three were pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver was admitted to hospital and has since been released.
“We are deeply saddened and our sincere condolences go out to all concerned families and friends,” the University of Oklahoma’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences said in a statement.
“Our community in atmospheric and geographical sciences is close together, and our meteorological school is very much a family. Now, more than ever, we must meet in kindness and heartfelt support for one another. Help give thoughts and prayers to those most affected and give them privacy. “
A tornado swept through Andover, Kan., Friday, damaging or destroying more than 1,000 buildings, including City Hall, the local YMCA and an elementary school.