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New Zealand: Israeli woman killed in car crash
Rental vehicle in which 61-year-old Israeli was travelling in smashes into tree in South Island town of Te Anau

A 61-year-old Israeli woman was killed on Saturday when a car crashed into a tree in the South Island town of Te Anau, The New Zealand Herald reported.


Local police officials said the woman was a rear-seat passenger in a rental vehicle heading south from Homer tunnel on the Te Anau-Milford Sound Highway.


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According to The New Zealand Herald, the car reportedly left the road and collided with a tree in what were described as clear, fine conditions.


According to reports in New Zealand, the accident occurred at noon (local time). The driver of the car and another passenger were transported to Invercargill Hospital by helicopter and ambulance. Their injuries have not yet been confirmed. It remains unclear whether the driver and the other passenger were Israeli as well.


The Foreign Ministry said it was making the necessary arrangements to transfer the woman's body to Israel.


The Homer Tunnel, which opened in 1954, is a 1.2 km (0.75 miles) long.




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