Crash victim named

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Police have released the name of one of two people killed after a car and bus collided near Kingston.

Police this afternoon confirmed that 23-year-old American Spencer Jason Hom Dow was the person who was killed at the scene in the crash between a car and a bus on State Highway 6 about 7.20am on Thursday.

The second man who died overnight in Dunedin Hospital, was also a a 23-year-old American, but could not yet be named.

The pair were believed to have met while travelling in New Zealand.

No one else involved in the crash sustained life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated and police would like to speak to any witnesses.

The crash near Kingston has fanned safety concerns regarding the tourist highway heading into the busy summer season.

The Otago Daily Times understands the driver of the car was passing a truck when the collision occurred.

It was the second fatal crash involving a car and tourist bus in the area in just over two weeks.

-Otago Daily Times