Grayslake man among 3 college students killed in tractor-trailer accident in Okla. in extreme weather conditions

KAY COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Three University of Oklahoma students died Friday night when their vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer in Kay County in extreme weather conditions.

Nicholas K. Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas, Gavin A. Short, 19, of Grayslake, Illinois, and Drake H. Brooks, 22, of Evansville, Ind., all died at the scene of the accident on Intestate 35. South near mile marker 214 in Tonkawa, Okla., according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials.

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The three OU meteorology students who died in a tragic accident Friday night. Photo courtesy of Brayden Siau, also a meteorology student at UO.

Each young man is listed as a student on the OU website. KFOR learned that all three were meteorology students.

An OU official released the following statement regarding the students’ deaths:

“The university is devastated to learn of the tragic deaths of three students. Each was a valued and loved member of our community. At this time, we ask the public to respect the privacy of their families. »


The three students were traveling in a 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, heading south on I-35 in rainy weather, when at approximately 11:23 p.m. the vehicle hydroplaned, lost control and left the right side of the road. The vehicle re-entered the road on the left and became disabled, blocking the outside lane, OHP officials said.

A 2020 Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling south on I-35 rammed the Volkswagen, officials say.

The three young men were stuck for approximately 5 hours and 26 minutes inside the Volkswagen. Tonkawa Fire and EMS officials freed their bodies from the wreckage.

The accident is still under investigation.

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