Highway victims yet to be formally identified


THE SOUTH Grafton couple killed in Monday's highway collision at Bonville were last night yet to be formally identified.

A police spokesman said post mortem examinations of the four United States nationals killed in the accident were taking place yesterday at Taree Hospital.

The 15-year-old girl who was injured in the accident is still in a critical condition, and yesterday remained in an induced coma at St George Hospital in Sydney.

Police said there had been no further progress made on determining the cause of the crash.

Investigations were continuing.

The crash happened on Monday afternoon after a head-on collision between a van and bus on the Pacific Highway, about 10 kilometres south of Coffs Harbour.

Four of the van's five passengers ? a 48-year-old man, his 57-year-old wife (from South Grafton), a 77-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy ? died at the scene while the 15-year-old girl was taken to hospital.

The bus, carrying 22 high school students, was returning to Ballina after a football match at Bellingen.

Twelve of the students and the driver were taken to hospital for treatment.

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