Three Meteorology Students Killed
Kaye County, Oklahoma – Three University of Oklahoma meteorologists died Friday night when their car collided with a pickup truck on their way home from a severe weather chase in Kansas.
“It’s very surprising,” said Bryden Siao, a meteorological student and close friend of the three victims. “They just left, I really don’t know… It’s horrible.”
3 University of Oklahoma meteorology students killed in crash with semi-truck
Three University of Oklahoma meteorological students died in a car crash in Oklahoma Friday night on the return flight from Kansas, where they were chasing storms, according to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
The students were identified as Nicholas Nair, 20 years old; Gavin Short, 19; and Drake Brooks, 22.
The three were heading south on Interstate 35 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, near the Kansas border, when their Volkswagen Tiguan skidded on water and became malfunctioning, blocking the outer lane, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Nicholas K. Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas, and Gavin A. Short, 19, of Grayslake, Illinois, and Drake H. Brooks, 22, of Evansville, Indiana, couldn’t have been happier covering Friday night’s storms.
A truck crashed into the students’ car, lingering for more than five hours before their bodies could be recovered by emergency responders.
The students were declared dead at the scene. The truck driver was treated at a nearby hospital and left.
“They had a great day. They call their parents afterwards and tell them how excited they are,” Ciao said. “Drake already witnessed his first tornado yesterday.”
However, the night took a devastating turn on their way back to Norman.
The three students were traveling in a 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, heading south on I-35 in rainy weather, when the vehicle skidded about 11:23 p.m., lost control and veered off the right side of the road.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the vehicle re-entered the road to the left and became disabled, closing the outside lane.