May 12th, 2012
04:43 PM ET

Boston University: 3 students die while on New Zealand sightseeing trip

Boston University mourned three study-abroad students killed in New Zealand while visiting locations where "The Lord of the Rings" movies were filmed.

A van in which the students were traveling swerved off a road and rolled over about 7:30 a.m. Saturday near the resort town of Taupo in the center of North Island, the school said.

The university, quoting a U.S. vice consul in Auckland, identified the victims as Daniela Lekhno from Manalapan, New Jersey; Roch Jauberty from Paris; and Austin Brashears, Huntington Beach, California.

Five other students were injured in the crash, including one in critical condition after being flown by helicopter to get medial treatment. Two of those were later released from a hospital.

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  1. Accidents happen

    8 students travelling in 2 vans, 3 killed and 5 injured. Sad enough. And as usual, no mention of seatbelts when students are involved.(sadder still)
    Also, who was driving the van that swerved and ran off the road?

    May 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Do they have seat belts on vehicles in new zealand??

    May 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    Aw, how sad!
    My condolesnces to the families and friends of the students who perished, and my wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy ©

    On the good ship Lolli pop
    It's a sweet trip to a candy shop
    Where bon bons play
    On the sunny beach at peppermint bay

    May 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy ©

    Not me @ 6:40.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy ©

    Not me @ 6:43

    May 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    I just dropped a large steaming banasy in my Depends diaper.

    May 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    I saw banasy and bobcat (in a dress) turning tricks on a street corner last night.

    May 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hamsta

    My mother is their pimp. She's turning me out soon.

    May 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Life happens...

    Accidents happen, although some more tragic than others. Whose to say even if they were (even though not known) wearing sb's the outcome would not have been the same? I knew 2 ppl in two different accidents being the only ones to have their sb's on but were the only 2 that did not survive out of 7 ppl. I don't mean to type like I have no heart but the reality is it was their time. I guess I get confussed when ppl look for reason or fault. It happens, its life. The day we are born is the day we start 2 die.

    May 13, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Life happens...

    "My prayers go out all involved"

    May 13, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Life happens...

    My condolences to the families of the three students. Prayers and well wishes for all others involved.

    May 13, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT ( beer drinking , turkey hunting , trailer trash from belton missouri )

    there is bad drivers every where in the world...not just the usa

    May 13, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. @Life Haapens

    Wrong. The day you are born is NOT the day you begin to die, it is the day you go-on living until about the age of 30, and THEN you begin dying.(unique among all animal species)
    Did your father drive a turnip truck?

    May 13, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    Taking care of your soul/spirit IS of upper most concern which can help in taking care of the body's longevity.
    My condolences to the parents.

    May 13, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
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