Boston University: New Zealand Crash Unprecedented Tragedy

Boston University says the deaths of three students in a minivan crash in New Zealand are an "unprecedented tragedy," the worst to hit its study abroad program since it began in the 1980s.

At least five other students were injured in the Saturday morning accident, which police say happened near the North Island vacation town of Taupo when the van drifted to the side of the road and then rolled over.

Study abroad program executive director Bernd Widdig says the university is supporting the students and helping parents who are traveling to New Zealand.

The university says those killed in the accident were Daniela Lekhno, of Manalapan, N.J.; Austin Brashears, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and Roch Jauberty, whose parents live in Paris.

The New Zealand program involves courses at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.


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