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Hunter Valley bus crash kills 10

By Monday 12 June 2023June 14th, 2023No Comments

The Hunter Valley community is in shock after a bus crash overnight that killed at least 10 people and injured dozens.

The passengers were returning from a wedding reception at Wandin Estate Winery in Lovedale when the bus crashed at a roundabout on Wine Country Drive and landed on its side.

NSW Police say the 58-year-old bus driver is under arrest.

Several eyewitnesses have said there was a lot of fog around the crash site.

A fleet of seven helicopters and numerous ambulances ferried about 25 patients to various hospitals.

Wandin Estate Winery released this statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the bus crash overnight that has claimed the lives of some of our guests.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims and we are supporting them in any way we can at this time.

“We are providing support to those guests who need our help and we wish to maintain their privacy and won’t be making any further statements at this time.”

Hunter Valley Wine said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that the Hunter community has woken to the terrible news about the fatal bus accident overnight.

“Our thoughts are with those directly affected and their family and friends, along with those indirectly impacted by this event.

“The Association thanks and acknowledges the professionalism and care of the Emergency Services that attended the scene, many of whom live and work within our community.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has described the crash as “an unimaginable tragedy”.

“All of us know the joy of going to a wedding, a chance to celebrate with dear friends and family,” he said.

“They are some of the happiest times that you can have.

“For a joyous day like that in a beautiful place, to end with such terrible loss of life and injury is so cruel and so sad and so unfair.”

NSW Premier Chris Minns said, “This is a profoundly tragic event.

“I know the whole community of NSW, and in particular the people of the Hunter, will be shocked and saddened to wake up to this news today.”

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