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Driver charged over Greta bus crash that claimed 10 lives


A 58-year-old Maitland man, who drove the bus which rolled at Greta, killing 10 people, will face court on Tuesday.

Just after 11.30pm on Sunday 11 June, emergency services were called to the roundabout on Wine Country Drive near the Hunter Expressway off ramp.

It followed reports a Singleton-bound coach, carrying 36 people from a Lovedale wedding, had overturned.

A large-scale operation took place, involving officers from Hunter Valley Police District, Police Rescue, Traffic and Highway Patrol, NSW Ambulance paramedics, NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Rural Fire Service, and various helicopters for hospital transports.

At this stage, 10 passengers have been declared dead while 25 were transported to hospitals in Maitland, Newcastle and Sydney via chopper and road.

The driver of the bus was taken to hospital under police guard for mandatory testing and assessment.

He was later transferred to Cessnock Police Station where he was charged with 10 counts of dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving (occasioning death).

He was refused bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court on Tuesday 13 June.

It’s understood police will also address the media that morning outside Cessnock Police Station.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash are ongoing.

It is anticipated that road closures and diversions will be protracted, so check prior to travelling.

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