The incident occurred around 5 am when they were returning from a programme at Okhalkanda. While three persons, Pappu Karki (34), Rajendra Gonia (26) and Pushkar Gonia (25), died on the spot, two other occupants of the car were injured, Nainital SSP Janmejay Khanduri said.
The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Haldwani, he said.
He said it was a sad day for Uttarakhand which lost one of its gems in the accident.
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