Six 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 on Wednesday (Sep 4), police said.
Police said 27 people were in the vehicle when it crashed and rolled on a highway about 20km west of Rotorua – a popular tourist town known for its hot springs.
“Unfortunately police believe that five of those 27 onboard have lost their lives as a result of the crash,” inspector Brent Crowe told reporters.
Crowe said two of the survivors were seriously injured and four were moderately hurt.
“This is an absolute tragedy for Bay of Plenty roads, even more so because of the fact we have Chinese nationals, visitors to our country, who have been impacted.”
Crowe declined to give details of the deceased, saying authorities were still working to identify them and contact their families in China.