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September 23, 2021
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NZ car crash kills three of Tongan family

Tevunga Vaea, a 71 year old mother, her 45 year old daughter Louin and 32 year old daughter in-law died in a tragic car crash on Saturday night, 9th of May, in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald reported that the three ladies died when the minivan they were travelling in collided with a car, on State Highway 2 between Whakamarama and Te Puna.

Tevunga, who came from Kanokupolu in Tongatapu, lived at Onehunga in Auckland.

They were on their way to Tauranga with six other relatives when the accident happened. Maloni Vaea, Tevunga’s son said they were going there for Mother’s Day because one of his brothers lived there.  

The other relatives that that were in the van included two girls aged 2 and 15, two women aged 20 and 57 and two men aged 29 and 41 have been treated and discharged from Tauranga Hospital.

Meanwhile in the other car was a 35 year old man, Sam O’Brien who was the passenger and his 20 year old niece who owned the car had pulled to the left of SH2 before trying to cross the road to enter his driveway on the other side.

The car and minivan both travelling east then collided and caught on fire.

O’Brien said he managed to get his niece out of the car. She was reported to be in a stable condition at the hospital on Sunday.  

 

Source: Pacnews

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