Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Highway open after crash which killed five people

Highway open after crash which killed five people

Police said more than 20 people were on the bus that rolled on a highway about 20 minutes north of the North Island town of Rotorua.

Six people are feared dead and multiple passengers are reportedly trapped following a horror bus crash in New Zealand.

A number of passengers were injured, the police said.

Another witness told the New Zealand Herald the bus windscreen was shattered and as survivors emerged from the scene wrapped in blankets and being comforted by police.

In addition to the five people who have died, two are seriously injured, and four have moderate injuries.

The driver's condition was described as not serious.

He said the tour bus, which has about 30 seats, was travelling south towards Rotorua when it failed to take a bend shortly after 11am.

Survivors from the bus crash are led away from the scene
Bus crashes near New Zealand tourist town, causing fatalities and injuries

'The embassy attaches great importance to the tragic incident, ' it said.

Chinese officials said six people had been killed, although the police have yet to confirm the number of deaths or the nationality of the passengers.

It is believed more than 20 people were on board of the bus at the time of the crash.

Crowe said the serious crash unit was investigating, and the commercial vehicle safety team was likely to be at the scene until the late evening, before the road reopened.

A spokesperson for Rotorua's Chinese association told SkyKiwi that Chinese-speaking volunteers were with survivors at the hospital and were in contact with the Chinese Embassy.

He said the road would be closed for at least another 3 to 4 hours.

Another 15 patients have been transported to a triage area for further assessment.

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