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One person still serious after Otago crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/06/2017

One of four people airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after a fatal road crash near Roxburgh in Central Otago remains in a serious but stable condition in intensive care.

The collision between a ute and a bus carrying 10 passengers, all foreign nationals, on Wednesday claimed the life of the sole occupant of the ute.

He was John Alexander Deans, 78, from the Central Otago town of Ettrick.

Police say the three other bus passengers taken to Dunedin Hospital are in a stable condition.

A further three who spent the night in Dunstan Hospital in Clyde have been discharged.

Alexandra Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk says the bus company has been working with police and victim support to help those affected.

The embassies of the bus passengers have been advised and are arranging support for them and their families overseas.

Sen Sgt Kerrisk says police have completed a scene examination and spoken to witnesses and have a clear idea of what has happened, but the investigation remains ongoing.

He says speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash, which happened near Shingle Peak at 1.50pm.

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