Three Boston University students were pronounced dead at the scene of a minivan crash in New Zealand during their stay in the country for a study abroad program.
Daniela Lekhno, 20, Austin Brasheears, 21, and Roch Jauberty, 21, were instantly killed as their van “flipped three times” while they were traveling to Tongariro Crossing, a renowned destination in New Zealand. Another student, Margaret Theriault, has been admitted to a hospital for her severe injuries, while four other students sustained minor injuries.
Reportedly, three minivans carrying a total of 26 students were driving toward the destination when the second minivan “drifted into the gravel shoulder”, which allegedly caused the driver to “over-correct.” This subsequently caused the vehicle to flip, which resulted in the fatalities.
Police spokeswoman Kim Perks stated that investigators will look into driver error as a potential cause of the crash. Also, according to the Boston Globe, each minivan provided only seven seats, which caused some students to ride without a seatbelt.
Boston University president Robert Brown offered his condolences to the families of the victims in an issued statement.
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