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Motor-vehicle mishap leaves three US students dead

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):Three Boston University (BU) students who were studying in New Zealand died yesterday when their minivan crashed.

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

The students were travelling in a minivan at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday near the North Island vacation town of Taupo when the vehicle drifted to the side of the road and then rolled when the driver tried to correct course.

New Zealand police said three of the students died at the scene. Another woman was in critical condition at an area hospital, while at least four other students suffered moderate injuries.

identities confirmed

Joseph Bergen, the US vice-consul in Auckland, New Zealand, identified the deceased students as Daniela Lekhno, Roch Jauberty and Austin Brashears, according to the Boston University website. New Zealand police confirmed their identities.

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 on the website. "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."