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University of Oklahoma Meteorology Students Killed in Car Crash After Storm Chasing

University of Oklahoma Meteorology Students Killed in Car Crash After Storm Chasing

“The university is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of three students. Each were valued and loved members of our community.”

This is a really sad story.

CBS News reports:

3 University of Oklahoma students killed returning from storm chasing

Three University of Oklahoma meteorology students were killed in a car crash on Friday evening as they returned from storm chasing in Kansas.

Nicholas Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas; Gavin Short, 19, of Grayslake, Illinois; and Drake Brooks, 22, of Evansville, Indiana, died in the crash shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.

The three were in a vehicle being driven by Nair southbound on Interstate 35 when the vehicle hydroplaned and was struck by a tractor-trailer rig in Tonkawa, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City, the report said.

A statement released by OU said: “The university is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of three students. Each were valued and loved members of our community.”

The tornado that damaged more than 1,000 buildings in south-central Kansas generated winds up to 165 mph and carved a path of destruction nearly 13 miles long.

The National Weather Service said the tornado that caused extensive damage Friday mostly in the Wichita suburb of Andover and injured several people rated an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale it uses to assess tornadoes.

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