Ten people were killed and many more injured in a bus crash in New South Wales, Australia.
Police said 11 more people were injured in the crash and were taken to area hospitals by helicopter and by road. The other 18 passengers were not injured.
The passengers are believed to have attended a wedding at a nearby winery before the crash. One man who attended the celebration told local media: “It was a beautiful day, a pretty beautiful wedding… it was a fairy tale… and we received word that there was a wedding. There was an accident, and we all started panicking.”
Police said they responded to reports that a bus had overturned. Road conditions were said to be foggy at the time, visibility reduced to about 100 meters.
The driver, a 58-year-old man, was taken to hospital under police protection for a mandatory examination and evaluation, police said.
The accident happened just after 11:30 p.m. in the town of Greta. Police said they have established a crime scene at the site and have begun an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Australian media reported that it was a wedding bus. Jay Suvaal, mayor of nearby Cessnock, said the crash was “really terrible.”
“We are a major tourist and wedding destination in the Hunter Valley, so there will be people from across the state and the country who have been to these areas and probably have done the same things,” he said. she told Network Nine.
“I think it will send shockwaves to the wider community.”
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