Disasters & Accidents

At least 10 dead, 25 injured as bus overturns in Australia

Sydney, Australia, June 12 (EFE).- At least 10 people died and 25 were injured when the bus in which they were traveling overturned in the town of Greta, some 180 kilometers north of the city of Sydney, police reported Monday.

The New South Wales Region Police said in a statement that the event occurred at about 11:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. GMT) on Sunday at a roundabout in Greta, located in a tourist wine-growing area in the Hunter Valley.

Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Tracy Chapman said some 25 people were airlifted, two of them by helicopter, to various hospitals “with injuries of varying degrees.”

Police did not give details of the identities or ages of the fatalities or the injured, although they clarified that there are no minors.

“I understand that (the passengers) had been together at a wedding” and were apparently going to their accommodation, Chapman said in statements to journalists collected by Australian public news outlet ABC.

The police chief also said the driver, a 58-year-old man, has been arrested for this accident, the causes of which are unknown because the investigations are in their preliminary stage.

Chapman noted that “potentially” there may be people trapped under the bus, in whose accident it appears no other vehicle was involved.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Monday in Canberra that he regretted “the unimaginable nature of this tragedy” that turned the celebration of a wedding into a “cruel, sad and unfair” day with “such terrible losses of human lives and injuries.” EFE


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