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Three Indiana State University students perish in fiery single-vehicle accident

‘A terrible tragedy’: Three Indiana State University students perish in fiery single-vehicle accident after car carrying ‘several football players’ strikes a tree

  • State Police are working to identify the three people who died on Sunday at 1.30am
  • A release from the university’s athletics department said five people were in the vehicle when it crashed, including ‘several football players’
  • Two passengers were able to be freed from the vehicle and were being treated for serious injuries
  • The driver and two other passengers were pronounced dead at the scene
  • The vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree. It remains unclear how fast the car was rolling at the time of the accident, but it was on fire when deputies arrived

Three Indiana State University students died in a blazing car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning, the school confirmed.

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A release from the university’s athletics department said five people were in the vehicle when it crashed, including ‘several football players.’  

Police are working to identify the three who died. As of Sunday afternoon, no identities have been revealed. Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse said the crash occurred around 1.30am on Sunday in Riley, Indiana. 

The vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree. It remains unclear how fast the car was rolling at the time of the accident. It was on fire when deputies arrived.

Two passengers were able to be freed from the vehicle and were being treated for serious injuries, Plasse said. 

The driver and two other passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. No cause of death has been revealed.

Indiana State President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said in a statement referring to Sunday’s fatal accident, which involved the deaths of three students, as a ‘terrible tragedy’

The public university's athletics department said a total of five people were in the vehicle when it crashed, including 'several football players'

The public university’s athletics department said a total of five people were in the vehicle when it crashed, including ‘several football players’

University President Deborah J. Curtis called the crash ‘a terrible tragedy’ in a short statement released on Sunday morning. 

‘As we are waiting on additional details from authorities investigating this accident, our hearts go out to the families and friends of the students involved.’

A soccer game involving the public university’s women’s soccer team scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday was pushed back to a later date because of the fatal incident. 

‘Heartbreaking… Please pray for the families and friends of these young men, this university, and the men and coaches in this program,’ Mike Bath, a football coach at the university tweeted. 

Mike Bath, a football coach at Indiana State, has described the car accident as 'heartbreaking' on Twitter

Mike Bath, a football coach at Indiana State, has described the car accident as ‘heartbreaking’ on Twitter

Rep. Larry Buchson (R-IN), who oversees the state's 8th district, tweeted his condolences to those who lost a loved one in the car crash

Rep. Larry Buchson (R-IN), who oversees the state’s 8th district, tweeted his condolences to those who lost a loved one in the car crash 

‘My heart goes out to the families and friends of the Indiana State University students tragically killed in a car crash early today,’ Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) tweeted. 

‘I am praying for the entire ISU community,’ he added.

DailyMail.com has contacted Indiana State Police and Indiana State University for comment.

Riley is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the university’s Terre Haute campus.

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