Canberra, Australia: A bus goes by wedding guests Rolled into a foggy night Wine country in AustraliaMonday, killing 10 people and injuring 25, police said.
Assistant Commissioner Tracy Chapman said the driver, aged 58, has been arrested and taken into custody at Cessnock Police Station and will be charged. She did not detail the allegations, including whether speed was a factor, but told reporters “there is enough information… for us to establish that there will be charges.”
The accident occurred shortly after 11:30pm in foggy conditions at a roundabout on Wine Country Drive in the town of Greta in the New South Wales region’s Hunter Valley north of Sydney.
Chapman said the guests had earlier attended a wedding at the Wandin Estate Winery and were heading to their residence in Singleton. It was a beautiful day and a fairytale wedding, one of the guests told Seven News.
The 25 injured were transported to hospitals by helicopter and by land. Another 18 passengers were not injured.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese thanked the first responders and offered the government’s support to the victims and their families, saying that “the mental scars from this will not go away”.
Albanese told reporters: “For a day as joyful as this, in such a beautiful place, to end with such a terrible loss of life and injury is so cruel, so sad, and so unfair.”
“People hire a bus for weddings in order to keep their guests safe. This only adds to the unimaginable nature of this tragedy.
Cessnock Mayor Jay Soval said the incident was “truly horrific”.
He said, “We are a major destination for weddings and tourists in the Hunter Valley, and so there will be people from all over the state and country who have visited these areas and may have done similar things. I think that will send shock waves directly through the wider community.”
Greta is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, a picturesque area dotted with vineyards and restaurants. It was the first established wine region in Australia.
The wedding was in the middle of a long weekend, with Monday a public holiday in most Australian states.


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