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No survivors from car in Te Anau crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/03/2017
The crashed vehicles were engulfed in flames after the crash. © Photo: Facebook / Jakob Ye Frazer The crashed vehicles were engulfed in flames after the crash.

There are no survivors from a car involved in a "horrific" fiery crash with a bus in Fiordland, police say.

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

Witnesses reported seeing two people in the car but Inspector Joel Lamb says it has been burnt so badly police are yet to work out how many were inside.

"Police .... can confirm that there were no survivors," he said.

There are no survivors from a car involved in a "horrific" fiery crash with a bus in Fiordland, police say. © Photo: Facebook / Jakob Ye Frazer There are no survivors from a car involved in a "horrific" fiery crash with a bus in Fiordland, police say.

"Due to the damage to the vehicle it will take the Police Disaster Victim Identification Team some time to positively identify any individuals in [it].".

While the bus also caught fire, all the tourists were able to make it safely off-board with some being treated at the scene and later at a medical centre.

Insp Lamb thanked everyone who stopped and rendered assistance at the scene of the crash.

"This is a horrific incident that has impacted a large amount of people and that of the Te Anau and Milford communities," he said

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