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Grandchildren and grandmother killed when vehicle crashes into dam

Local people are today around a family devastated by yesterday’s triple fatality on a Raetihi farm. Three people from the family died yesterday after their car crashed into a dam.

Police said this morning that four people – two adults and two children – were travelling on a side-by-side off-road vehicle at the time of the crash.

One of the vehicle’s occupants, a 69-year-old man, was able to extricate himself from the vehicle. The remaining three occupants were trapped in the vehicle, which was fully submerged. They were dead when recovered from the vehicle by emergency services.

Those who died were a 66-year-old woman and two boys, aged five and ten.

The 69-year-old man was taken to Whanganui Hospital by helicopter with moderate injuries.

Those involved in the crash were from the same family and Police and Victim Support are providing assistance to family members.

Wellington.Scoop – June 7
Three members of a well-known farming family were killed when a car plunged into a farm pond near Raetihi this morning. The DomPost reports that those who died were two children and their grandmother.

RNZ reports that the three people trapped in the vehicle were dead when it was recovered from the pond. A fourth person, an elderly man, was flown to Whanganui Hospital in a moderate condition. RNZ understands he is the grandfather of the two children.

Emergency services were called about 11am to the rural property near the small town – about 60km north of Whanganui and 10km west of Ohakune.

Police have provided few details of what occurred, but WorkSafe has been notified.

Ruapehu District Mayor Don Cameron said the deaths were a tragedy for the community. He says he knew the family, as did many others in the district.

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