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5 Chinese tourists killed in New Zealand bus crash

WELLINGTON: Five Chinese nationals were killed and another six injured when a tourist bus veered off a highway and flipped during bad weather in New Zealand’s North Island, police said. Police said 27 people were in the vehicle when it crashed about 20 kilometers outside Rotorua — a popular tourist town in the Bay of Plenty area known for its hot springs. Inspector Brent Crowe told reporters that five of the 27 people on board died, two were seriously injured and four were moderately hurt. Crowe declined to give details of the deceased, saying authorities were still working to identify them and contact their families in China. He said the driver was not seriously injured and an investigation into the cause of the crash was under way. Crowe said the accident occurred as the bus approached a bend on a winding, hilly stretch of road.


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