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Police recover Gisborne bus wreck

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/12/2016

Authorities have reopened State Highway 2 after earlier closing it to recover the wreck of a bus, which had crashed down a steep bank killing two people.

The bus carrying 53 people crashed through a road barrier on Christmas Eve about 30km south of Gisborne.

Tongan citizens Sione Taumololo, 11, and Talita Fifita, 33, died in the crash with several others going to hospital for treatment.

The bus had a school brass band from Tonga on board, which was travelling to Gisborne's Wesleyan Methodist Church where they were due to perform on Christmas Day.

The stretch of SH2 between Gisborne and Wairoa where the crash occurred had been closed from 6am on Wednesday.

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