5 Sep 2019

Tourists describe Rotorua fatal bus crash

From Checkpoint, 5:20 pm on 5 September 2019

Chinese tourists involved in a fatal crash near Rotorua have described passengers dangling from their seatbelts after the bus flipped on its side.

Four adults and a young child were killed when the bus failed to make a bend in the road in wet weather on State Highway 5 near Ngatira.

Twenty-two people survived but several were injured - with some still receiving treatment at Waikato and Rotorua Hospitals.

There's been an outpouring of support for those involved from Rotorua's Chinese community - and survivors are said to be incredibly grateful for their care.

RNZ reporter Nita Blake-Persen and cameraman Nick Monro are in Rotorua and filed this report.