The freeways were icy in Minnesota Friday afternoon, making the driving conditions dangerous. Three college students and members of one of the nation’s top Ultimate Frisbee teams were tragically killed when a semitrailer crashed into their SUV after it spun into the wrong lane on an icy Minnesota highway per ABC News.
It is believed the players were on their way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport from where they were supposed to fly to a tournament in California.
The accident happened at approximately 3.p. Friday on Highway 3 near Northfield, the Minnesota State Patrol said in an incident report.
The three deceased were all students at Carleton College based in Northfield. The State Patrol identified the victims as James P. Adams, 20, of St. Paul, Minn.; Paxtom M. Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, Minn,; and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.
Two others in the SUV including the driver, William Sparks, 20, of Evanston, Ill., and passenger Conor Eckert, 19, Seattle, Wa., were listed in serious condition, the State Patrol said. The driver of the semi was left unharmed.
Eric Sieger, media relations director for Carleton College, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the three boys played on the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team, which finished in third last year.
He said officials can’t think of another time when three students at the quaint 2,000-student school died in a single day. A prayer vigil is in the works for Saturday the campus.
Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer released a statement Friday saying “heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families and friends” of the three students who were killed.
“The collective Carleton soul aches for the loss of these three young men. Right now, we need to focus all our love and compassion on supporting the families and friends of all these young men, along with everyone in our community who cares for them,” he said.