WELLINGTON - A tour bus carrying Chinese tourists flipped in rainy weather near a New Zealand tourist town Wednesday morning, killing five Chinese nationals and seriously injuring two others, police said.
Police Inspector Brent Crowe told media that the medium-sized tour bus was carrying 27 people and was about 20 minutes north of Rotorua at just after 11 a.m. when it failed to negotiate a bend on a highway.
He said the bus drifted onto the wrong side of the road and as the driver tried to correct it flipped onto the driver's side. He said no other vehicles were involved in the crash but the weather was a factor.
"High winds, fog and a lot of rain," Crowe said. "And the road surface was clearly wet and slippery."
Liang Zhi, a diplomat from the Chinese Embassy in Wellington, told The Associated Press that they understand the bus was carrying a driver, a tour guide, and Chinese tourists mostly from the Sichuan province.