Seatbelts could have prevented 3 Boston U deaths

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ROTORUA, New Zealand— Three Boston University students who were killed last year in New Zealand when their minivan rolled over might have survived if they were wearing seatbelts, police said Wednesday.

Constable Tina Mitchell-Ellis told a coroner’s court that the three who died and a fourth who suffered brain trauma in last May’s accident were thrown from the van. She said four others who were wearing belts suffered minor injuries.

The students were in New Zealand on a study-abroad program and were driving to the start of a scenic hike.

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