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German tourists killed in crash with bus

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/03/2017

Police say the tourists in a rental car killed when they collided with a tourist bus near Te Anau were Germans.

The car collided with the bus on the Te Anau-Milford Highway in Fiordland on Tuesday afternoon and a fire enveloped both vehicles.

The car was burnt so badly police initially struggled to work out how many people were inside.

On Saturday Inspector Joel Lamb, the Southland Area Commander, said two 20-year-old men, who were visiting from Germany, died in the crash.

He has not named them and says the formal identification process will take some time.

Their next of kin have been contacted.

Stephen Cook, the owner of the bus operator Explorer Tourlines, has thanked the people who assisted the 16 Korean passengers on the bus.

On Wednesday afternoon all of the 16 passengers left for Auckland and have subsequently left New Zealand.

"I would like to acknowledge the driver's efforts in ensuring the bus stayed upright and that he immediately got all the passengers off the bus quickly," Mr Cook said.

The investigations into the accident are ongoing.

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