Two Australian tourists have died and seven others are injured, after a van collided with a milk tanker in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.
The crash happened on State Highway 5 near Reporoa on Friday afternoon.
The van carrying two adults and seven teenagers from Queensland, Australia was travelling toward Rotoroa when it collided with the milk tanker travelling in the other direction.
The 60-year-old male driver of the van and a male teenager died at the scene.
A 16-year-old boy was flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition and six other passengers were taken to Rotorua Hospital.
A female in her 40s is in a serious but stable condition and five teenagers are in a stable condition.
Police said the immediate families in Australia have been contacted.
The 60-year-old driver was taken to Rotoroa Hospital and has since been discharged.
Dairy co-operative Fonterra confirmed one of its milk tankers was involved.
The company extended sympathies to the families of the victims.