A tragic bus crash in Australia’s wine country has resulted in the loss of 10 lives and left 25 people injured. The unfortunate incident occurred as a group of wedding guests were being transported back to their accommodations following the marriage celebration of Mitchell Gaffney and Madeleine Edsell at the Wandin Estate Winery in Lovedale, Hunter Valley. The wedding had been described as a ‘fairy-tale wedding’ by one guest.
The crash took place during foggy conditions at a roundabout on Wine Country Drive in the town of Greta, New South Wales, according to the police. The coach, believed to be carrying around 40 guests, was en route to their accommodation in the town of Singleton.
Eyewitness accounts describe the heavy fog, making it difficult to discern the colors of emergency vehicles’ flashing lights. Of the 25 injured individuals, 21 were still receiving treatment in hospitals, with one in critical condition and the rest described as stable. Thankfully, 18 passengers emerged from the crash unharmed.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed gratitude to the first responders and pledged government support to the victims and their families. He acknowledged the emotional impact of the tragedy, emphasizing that the mental scars would persist.
The mayor of Cessnock, Jay Suvaal, described the crash as “truly horrific,” while the venue where the wedding took place expressed deep sadness and offered support to the affected guests. They extended heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and committed to assisting them in any way possible.