At least 10 people died and 11 were injured after a bus rolled off a ramp at a roundabout in the Hunter region in Australia’s New South Wales state, police said on Monday.
Eighteen passengers were uninjured in the accident that occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday (1330 GMT) near the town of Greta, about 180 kilometers northwest of Sydney.
“This evening as about, just after 11:30, we were called to a bus rollover at Greta, on the highway near Cessnock. There we found approximately 37 patients that were involved in a bus accident,” said New South Wales Ambulance Assistant Paula Sinclair.
“Unfortunately that we’ve had a number of fatalities, a number of seriously ill patients, and we had a number of resources going from NSW ambulance, a number of aeromedical, we had six aircraft in total, 3 rescue trucks with patients being distributed through John Hunter, Maitland, Calvary, and down to Sydney, to RPA,” she added.
The driver of the bus, a 58-year-old man, has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
A crime scene has been established and an investigation into the crash has begun, police said.