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Qld man, two boys killed in NZ car crash

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Jamie McKinnell

A Queensland violinist and his two step sons have been killed in a car crash in New Zealand which also injured the boys' mother and sister.

Stephen Phillips and the boys, aged 12 and 14, died following the collision between their car and a truck in the Waikato town of Huntly on Monday.

Mr Phillips, 54, was Queensland Symphony Orchestra's first violinist, while the boys' mother Belinda Williams also plays with the QSO.

"The thoughts, prayers and love from everyone at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra are today with the family of our much loved First Violinist Stephen Phillips and his partner Belinda Williams, who often played viola with the QSO," QSO chair Greg Wanchap said in a statement.

"Stephen had been a member of the QSO since 1987 and Belinda has played with the QSO since 2002."

The family reportedly left their Loganlea home on Monday morning to spend two weeks visiting Ms Williams' family in New Zealand for a family reunion during the school holidays.

Waikato Hospital said the woman's condition had improved from critical to serious, while the girl was in a stable condition.

The truck driver was uninjured.

Inspector Freda Grace said the crash happened when the car, which was travelling south, crossed the centre line and hit the truck, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

She said inquiries so far had indicated that speed was not a factor.

The truck driver had at this stage spoken only briefly about what happened.

"As you can understand, it's quite a traumatic event for him as well," Insp Grace said.

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