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Canadian man killed in New Zealand minivan crash

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 | 10:20 p.m.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A minivan carrying foreign tourists has plunged off a narrow New Zealand bridge, killing the 59-year-old Canadian driver and injuring the vehicle's nine passengers.

Police say the group of Canadian and Chinese family and friends were in New Zealand to attend a wedding. They left Queenstown on Tuesday morning to visit Milford Sound when their van appeared to clip the edge of a single-lane bridge and crashed into the Mataura River.

Police said Wednesday that the driver was from Toronto, but did not immediately release his name.

They said his 52-year-old wife suffered neck injuries and that four others, including the couple's two children, were also admitted to nearby hospitals before later being released. The four other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.