Ground TransportationChinese tourists, including a child, die in New Zealand tragedy

Police probe fatal bus crash

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The Chinese tourists involved in a fatal bus crash were on their way to Rotorua in New Zealand. Photo Credit: muha04/GettyImages

ROTORUA - A young child was among five Chinese tourists killed when a tour bus crashed near Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island. Several other people were seriously injured in Wednesday’s crash.

The bus, carrying 27 people from China's Sichuan province, was heading towards the tourist town, which is best known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers and hot mud pools.

Ahead of an investigation into the cause of the crash, a police spokesman said the bus crossed to the other side of the road in bad weather, corrected, then flipped onto the driver's side, "quite a way off the road".

Most of the passengers were wearing seat belts, local media reported.

On Thursday, Chinese Ambassador Wu Xi laid flowers at the site of the crash.

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