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Students killed in minivan crash

Three visiting university students died when their minivan crashed in New Zealand.

At least five other students from Boston University in the US were injured in the accident, including one who was in critical condition.

The students were travelling in a minivan near the North Island town of Taupo when the vehicle drifted to the side of the road and then rolled when the driver tried to correct its course, New Zealand police said.

Three of the students died at the scene, police said. Another woman was in a critical condition at hospital, while at least four other students suffered moderate injuries.

The dead students were named as Daniela Lekhno, Roch Jauberty and Austin Brashears.

Another BU student, Margaret Theriault, was airlifted from the crash site to a hospital in Taupo and was in critical condition, the university said.

"This is a horrible tragedy," Boston University President Robert Brown said in a statement.

"Our prayers go out to the students and their families. We will do all we can to provide comfort and assistance to those who have been injured, and to the families and friends of the victims. The university is mobilising all of our resources to help our students and families deal with this tragedy."

All of the students except Theriault were enrolled in a BU study abroad programme in Auckland. Theriault was enrolled in a study abroad program in Sydney, Australia.

Sixteen students were travelling in two minivans, on their way to hike the Tongariro Crossing, a famous trek rated as one of the most spectacular in New Zealand. The hike crosses a volcanic crater in the central part of North Island.

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