Two Singaporeans die in New Zealand car crash

Two Singaporeans, a man and a woman, died in a car accident in New Zealand on Friday.

The road accident involving a car and a van near Auckland, New Zealand occurred at about 1.20pm local time.

The victims are reportedly newlyweds on their honeymoon.

According to local website nzherald.co.nz, the crash took place on State Highway 2, at Mangatawhiri. It is known as one of the most deadly stretches of road in the country. The speed limit there was recently reduced to 90kmh, down from 100kmh.

New Zealand station OneNews reported that the passengers of the other vehicle escaped unharmed.

Reports say at least 30 accidents have happened in that stretch since 2001.

New Zealand's Serious Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they are aware of the incident, reported The Straits Times.

A spokesman for the ministry said: 'We extend our condolences to the families of the two Singaporeans who have died.

'We are in contact with their next-of-kins in Singapore and will continue to provide all necessary assistance to them.'

According to a TV report, their families were notified by 11.30pm on Friday night, and have flown to New Zealand to claim the bodies.


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