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Published on Monday, January 16, 2017

Four people have been seriously hurt and others escaped with minor injuries after their tour bus plunged 10 metres down a river bank on New Zealand’s North Island.

An investigation has begun after the coach carrying tourists including British and American passengers, mainly in their sixties, ended up partially submerged in a stream in the Tangariro Forest Park.

One woman trapped in the wreckage had to be lifted out by emergency workers, who said the passengers were lucky to be alive.

Local fire chief Neil Ranford told the New Zealand Herald: “They were very lucky. There’s been a couple of fatalities on that corner.”

Miles Clark, director of tour company Moa Trek, which operates the coach,  issued a statement saying: “We are very sorry that this has occurred on one of our tours and we are working hard to ensure we do whatever we can to support our driver and our passengers.

“Beyond that, we will work with our industry colleagues to support, accommodate and revise travel arrangements as necessary for all those affected.

“The immediate priority is the health and welfare of those injured and needing the most attention.”

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