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Ten dead, 11 injured in bus crash after Hunter Valley wedding

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In tragic scenes overnight, multiple people have died, and more than 10 others were injured, following a horrific bus crash at Greta.

In fact, senior police officers indicated it’s the worst road accident they’ve witnessed in NSW since 1989.

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 coach, believed to be travelling from a wedding to nearby Singleton, had rolled. 

A large-scale emergency response began 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.

Initial inquiries indicate at least 10 people have died.

Another 11 were transported to John Hunter, Royal Prince Alfred and Maitland hospitals via helicopter and road.

Thankfully, 18 passengers are uninjured.

The driver of the bus, a 58-year-old man, was taken to hospital under police guard for mandatory testing and assessment.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was among the first to offer his condolences.

“We send our love and our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those killed in this horrific bus tragedy,” he said.

“For a day of joy to end in such devastating loss is cruel indeed.

“Our thoughts are also with those to have been injured.

“Thank you to all the first responders who rushed to the scene and those continuing to assist and care for those affected by this tragedy.”

NSW Premier Chris Minns echoed those sentiments.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of those who have been killed in this accident and those who are injured,” he 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.

“I thank our emergency services personnel and agencies for their incredible response overnight and today – NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Health and  Transport for NSW.

“Support is being offered to those impacted by this tragedy.

“Investigations into the circumstances of the accident have started, led by NSW Police.”

Maitland state MP Jenny Aitchison also expressed her shock at the news.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones involved in the tragedy in the Hunter overnight,” the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads said.

“Thank you to all who have responded to this incident in tragic circumstances.”

A crime scene has been established, which will be examined by specialist forensic police and the Crash Investigation Unit.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash has now started.

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

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