Five people killed on New Zealand ski slope
Five people were killed on a ski slope in New Zealand’s South Island on Monday, just days after a skier was killed by a snowboarding accident.
Key points:The three-day death toll rises to sixTwo people have been injuredIn a statement, the New Zealand Ski and Snowboard Association (NZSKA) said the incident happened near an ATV track in the Whakapapa Valley in South Canterbury.
The three people who were on board were taken to the Whanganui Hospital where they later died.
A number of injuries were also reported.
The NZSKA said in a statement that the incident was a tragic and tragic accident involving a skiers’ skateboard and a snowboard.
“The NZ SKA and the NZ Ski Patrol are working together to find the person responsible and bring the skiers and snowboarders to justice,” it said.
“We will provide all support to our members and all families involved, including counselling and support.”
“We urge the public to remain vigilant and to call the NZSKI helpline on 131 444 to report any suspicious activity.”
The NZ Ski Association said the accident occurred at about 1:30pm on Monday.
“A skier has been injured and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
We are working with the NZ Skating Association to establish a crime scene and gather evidence and will provide the information as soon as it becomes available.”
A police spokeswoman said police were investigating the cause of the accident.
“They are working to establish whether a skid or a snowbank has caused the accident,” she said.
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