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Motorway Victim At Front Of Bus To Avoid Motion Sickness

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Auckland, Jan 20 NZPA - The young Vietnamese man killed in a freak motorway accident last week was sitting at the front of a bus to avoid motion sickness.

Ha Xuan Lam, 24, died after an 80kg wheel from a truck heading in the opposite direction came loose, flew over the Southern Motorway barrier, slammed through the bus windscreen and hit him in the head on Thursday.

He died the next day when his life support system was turned off at Middlemore Hospital.

He was on a bus travelling between Manukau and Auckland when two wheels came off a Toll Tranzlink truck heading south on the motorway.

The bus carried 11 passengers with Mr Lam in the front left seat.

His cousin, Dylan Tran, told The New Zealand Herald he used the bus because he got motion sick and it was more convenient than the train.

"That's why he sat at the front, to get a better view ... to make him feel better."

Mr Tran said he drove past the crash scene on the Southern Motorway on his way to work and thought it was "just another accident".

When he heard the news from his sister, he said he "dropped everything" to go to his cousin's bedside but they were told by a doctor he was brain dead.

When his family had gathered to say goodbye the life support system was switched off.

"It was a terrible moment. You wouldn't wish it on any family," Mr Tran said.

His parents in Vietnam were too upset to travel. Mr Lam's body was to be flown home tomorrow after a service in Auckland.

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