September 24 2017, updated 6:19pm

British tourist dies in West Coast bus crash

Rash of road crashes claim five lives

Last updated 09:37 02/02/2008

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The woman killed when a bus crashed over a bank in the Buller District on Saturday was a 62-year-old British tourist.

Inspector Michael Coulter of the police southern communications centre said the bus rolled over a bank on State Highway 6 at Charleston, 27km south-west of Westport, at about 3.50pm on Saturday.

About 20 people were believed to have been aboard the bus at the time of the crash.

One other person was seriously injured. Other occupants of the bus were transported to Westport.

SH6 was closed at Charleston to the north of the incident and at Punakaiki to the south while emergency services attend the scene.

That death, along with the discovery of the body of a 43-year-old Taupo woman Sandra Clark in a 4WD which had run into a ditch in Rangitaiki has brought the toll from road accidents from Friday night to five.

Police say the Taupo woman may have survived if she had been wearing her seatbelt.

She was killed when she lost control on gravel on Matea Rd, about 50km southeast of Taupo, and skidded off the road at 9.10am.

Ms Clark was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled down a bank, Senior Constable Peter Sowter said.

"In this case had she chosen to wear it then it would have most certainly saved her life," he said.

"Sadly this crash serves as a poignant reminder of the benefits of wearing seatbelts, even when only travelling short distances from home."

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Elsewhere, two people are dead after a three car crash in which a vehicle burst into flames in Auckland's Manukau City, while one person is dead after a crash near Thames on Friday night.

Police said one person died at the scene of the Manukau City crash and a second died later in hospital.

Police northern communications said an investigation had been launched into the crash which happened about 7.20pm.

One person was killed and six others injured after a two-car crash near Thames early on Saturday.

Few details were available but police said one car flipped onto its roof and a person died at the scene.

Two others were taken to Waikato Hospital with moderate to serious injuries and four were treated at Thames Hospital for minor injuries.

Police said the Thames Coast Road was closed for several hours while they investigated the accident.

Earlier, a Levin man died when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on the Kapiti Coast on Friday.

The motorcyclist was travelling north on the Paekakariki Hill Road when he collided with a southbound vehicle then a bank at about 4pm, Sergeant Ron Walker of the Kapiti Mana strategic traffic unit said.

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The rider, a 42-year-old man from Levin, died at the scene. His name was not yet being released.

The road was closed for about two and a half hours while police investigated the crash.

Any witnesses who had not yet spoken to police were asked to contact Mr Walker at either the Porirua or Kapiti police station.

-with NZPA

- Stuff

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