Ten people killed after bus carrying wedding guests crashes in Australia

The driver (58) arrested as 25 people were injured in the incident with 21 still in hospital in New South Wales

Ten people returning from a “fairytale” wedding in Australia’s Hunter Valley wine region in New South Wales have been killed in a devastating bus crash. More than 20 others have been taken to hospital with various injuries after the bus overturned late on Sunday night.

The 58-year-old driver was arrested and is being held at a Cessnock police station and will be charged, police assistant commissioner Tracy Chapman said.

Ms Chapman would not detail the allegations, including whether speed was a factor, but told reporters “there is sufficient information ... for us to establish that there will be charges”.

Police were called to Wine Country Drive near Greta just after 11.30pm after reports that a coach had rolled over. The local mayor has suggested it was a wedding transfer bus.


The guests had earlier attended a wedding at the Wandin Estate Winery and were heading for their accommodation in the town of Singleton, Ms Chapman said. One guest told Seven News it had been a nice day and a fairy-tale wedding.

A motorist who drove past the crash scene, identified by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) only as Alison, said the fog was so heavy she could not make out the colours of the flashing lights of police cars, ambulances and fire trucks.

“The fog was terrible,” she told the ABC. “It was super foggy. You could barely see in front of you.”

Of the 25 people injured, 21 remained in hospitals late on Monday morning local time and one was in a critical condition, the state government said.

The conditions of the others were described as stable. Another 18 passengers were uninjured.

Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese thanked first responders and offered government support to victims and their families, saying the “mental scars of this will not go away”.

“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,” Mr Albanese told reporters.

“People hire a bus for weddings in order to keep their guests safe. And that just adds to the unimaginable nature of this tragedy,” he added.

Jay Suvaal, the mayor of Cessnock, said the crash was “truly horrific”. — AP/Guardian