Three Carleton College students from Minnesota and Connecticut were killed in a head-on crash Friday afternoon in Northfield, Minn. after an SUV carrying 5 young men lost control on a snowy stretch of Highway 3.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Toyota 4Runner was northbound on Highway 3 just before 3 p.m. when the driver lost control near County Road 47, moving into the path of an oncoming semi.
The semi driver -- a 56-year-old Tennessee man -- was not injured, according to the preliminary incident report.
The State Patrol released the following information about the passengers of the SUV:
- James Adams, 20, St. Paul, Minn. (deceased)
- Paxton Harvieux, 21, Stillwater, Minn. (deceased)
- Michael Goodgame, 20, Westport, Conn. (deceased)
- William Sparks, 20, Evanston, Ill. (serious injuries, at HCMC)
- Connor Eckert, 19, Seattle, Wash. (serious injuries, at HCMC)
"We offer our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of James, Michael and Paxton, and we hope and pray for the full recovery of Will and Conor," Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer said in a statement. "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."
The crash happened less than 3 miles from the Carleton College campus.