According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, three University of Oklahoma meteorology students perished in a car accident in Oklahoma on Friday night while returning from storm chasing in Kansas.

Nicholas Nair, 20, Gavin Short, 19, and Drake Brooks, 22, were confirmed as the pupils.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, the three were heading southbound on Interstate 35 near the Kansas border when their Volkswagen Tiguan hydroplaned and became immobilized, obstructing the outside lane. A truck collided with the students’ automobile, trapping it for over five hours before emergency personnel were able to retrieve their remains. At the scene, the students were pronounced deceased. The truck driver was treated and released from a local hospital.

Mr. Nair and Mr. Short, two of the students, had just posted videos of a tornado going over the highway on Twitter from Herington, Kan., approximately 150 miles north.

According to Phillip Ludwyck, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer who assisted in the recovery of the students from the truck, the students were part of a larger group of University of Oklahoma students who had come to Kansas to follow storms. Mr. Nair, Mr. Short, and Mr. Brooks’ GPS location had frozen as the other carloads of students made their way back to Norman, Okla., and they called the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to report a suspected accident, according to Mr. Ludwyck.

“It was raining very heavy at the time,” he said.

Hazardous road conditions can often lead to accidents when storm chasers are heading to or away from a storm, he added.

“Sometimes you may have thousands of storm chasers trying to follow one storm so that traffic just gets very congested, so accidents happen,” Mr. Ludwyck said. But he said there had been little traffic at the time of the accident.

Oklahoma meteorology car accident video

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