Disasters & Accidents

Australian police say overspeeding caused bus crash that killed 10

Sydney, Australia, June 13 (EFE).- Australian police said Tuesday that speed could have been the cause of a bus crash in which 10 people died and another 25 were injured, one of the worst incidents in the country.

“He lost control of that vehicle… obviously the speed was too quick for him to negotiate that roundabout,” New South Wales Police Superintendent David Waddell told the media Tuesday, adding that the investigation of the event continued.

The bus, carrying 35 people who were returning from a wedding and going to their accommodation, suffered the accident at about midnight on Sunday in the town of Greta in a tourist wine-growing area in the Hunter Valley about 180 kilometers north of Sydney.

Among the injured, 14 remain hospitalized including two in intensive care.

The 58-year-old bus driver appeared before a court of law Tuesday where he heard the reading of 10 counts of reckless driving resulting in death and one of negligent driving resulting in death.

During the session, Magistrate Robyn Richardson said there is a “solid” case against the defendant, but granted him provisional release, Australian public channel ABC reported.

The incident, which involved no other vehicles, has deeply moved Australians who have come to the scene of the tragedy to leave flowers to pay tribute to the victims, aged 20 to 60.

For its part, the Vivid festival, which illuminates Sydney’s emblematic buildings and public spaces these days with its installations, turned off its artistic works Monday night for a minute at the Opera House and the Bay Bridge to pay tribute to the 10 fatalities. EFE


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