University meteorology students chasing tornado killed in crash

Three college students who were traveling back from storm chasing in Kansas died in a car crash Friday evening, authorities said.

The trio of University of Oklahoma meteorology students died in the crash shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Nicholas Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas, Gavin Short, 19, of Grayslake, Illinois, and Drake Brooks, 22, of Evansville, Indiana, were observing the tornado that hit parts of Kansas and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings. The storm injured several people and left more than 15,000 without power, officials said Saturday.

The three men were in a car that Nair was driving southbound on Interstate 35, where the vehicle hydroplaned and was struck by a tractor-trailer rig in Tonkawa, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City, according to the highway patrol report.

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