The five passengers included several football players, the school announced Sunday.
“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,” Deborah Curtis, the university’s president, said in a written statement.
The accident happened before 2 a.m. in the small town of Riley, about 10 miles from the university’s campus in Terre Haute.
The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle was on fire by the time deputies arrived.
“Two of the occupants were able to be freed from the vehicle and were transported for medical treatment with serious injuries,” the sheriff’s office said. “Unfortunately, the driver and two other occupants were pronounced deceased on the scene.”
The school has offered counseling services for students, faculty, and staff in the wake of the tragedy. It has also postponed a women’s soccer match that was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.