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. @Glen

    Beats me. Maybe people are watching the comedy channel for news. Who knows.

    May 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Life happens...

    @ "@ life (haapens)" Then u find a way tell the families who have lost love ones (young adults, children, & infants) that they have to tell them to come back and wait till they are @ least 30 before they pass on into eternal rest. The turnip truck is clearly parked in ur dads' driveway, not mine.

    May 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. minecraft (good)

    Lol @ @livehappens my mom is 47 and shes not dying so shut up and dont say 90 anyways because i got a grandpa that old lol and sorry to those parent that lost there kids with live bye

    May 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER

    These kids shouldn't be going on trips like this.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
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