Bus driver hit with over 50 extra charges after catastrophic wedding day bus crash

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By Nasima Khatun

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The charges against the bus driver that was involved in the tragic bus crash that killed 10 people and injured a dozen more while leaving a wedding have been updated.

On June 11, a coach taking guests home from a wedding in New South Wales, Australia, crashed leaving 10 people dead and a further 25 injured.

Football players Maddy Edsell and Mitchell Gaffney tied the knot at Wandin Valley Estate in the Hunter Valley in the afternoon and after spending the day celebrating the newlywed couple, guests piled into a coach which was scheduled to take 36 of them from the venue to Singleton at approximately 11:30PM.

The journey was only supposed to last half an hour but approximately 17 minutes in, the vehicle rolled over on Wine Country Drive at Greta which resulted in serious injuries as well as fatalities.

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Maddy Edsell and Mitchell Gaffney pictured cutting their cake at their wedding. Credit: Alex Tigani / Instagram

One of the first responders who arrived at the scene described it as a "major incident" as per a report by the Daily Mail.

"We have a bus rollover. Multiple patients," they said. "At this stage, we have identified seven, I repeat, seven code fours. We have one red-label patient whose injuries are severe. And unfortunately, we are expecting that is also going to code four.

"We have multiple red and orange label patients at this stage. I need all resources allocated to continue. I'm still trying to work out exactly how many patients I have here," they added.

"Code four" is a term used to refer to a patient that has died while "red label" implies that a patient is in critical condition, and "orange label" means a patient in a severe condition.

Kane Symons, Angus Craig, Rebecca Mullen, Darcy Bulman, Nadene and Kyah McBride, Andrew and Lynan Scott, Tori Cowburn, and Zachary Bray were all named as victims of the crash.

At the time, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described the tragedy as "cruel" and "so so unfair".

In a statement, he said: "All Australians' thoughts go out to the family, friends, and loved ones of those we've lost in such horrific circumstances."

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Brett Andrew Button, 58, the bus driver from the Hunter Valley crash is facing charges. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

Just a day after the tragedy, police revealed that the 58-year-old bus driver named Brett Andrew Button had been charged with 10 counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, including driving manner dangerous, and negligent driving (occasioning death).

While he was initially jailed for one night, he was granted bail straight after.

Reports stated that Button spent his time repeating the same two words over and over saying: "I'm sorry."

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The horrific bus crash killed 10 and left 25 people injured. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

However, just a few weeks later and his original charges have now been updated, with an additional 52 new charges being added to the list, which mostly relate to the guests who were injured.

This includes dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and causing bodily harm by misconduct.

Button is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on August 9.

Featured Image Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

Bus driver hit with over 50 extra charges after catastrophic wedding day bus crash

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

The charges against the bus driver that was involved in the tragic bus crash that killed 10 people and injured a dozen more while leaving a wedding have been updated.

On June 11, a coach taking guests home from a wedding in New South Wales, Australia, crashed leaving 10 people dead and a further 25 injured.

Football players Maddy Edsell and Mitchell Gaffney tied the knot at Wandin Valley Estate in the Hunter Valley in the afternoon and after spending the day celebrating the newlywed couple, guests piled into a coach which was scheduled to take 36 of them from the venue to Singleton at approximately 11:30PM.

The journey was only supposed to last half an hour but approximately 17 minutes in, the vehicle rolled over on Wine Country Drive at Greta which resulted in serious injuries as well as fatalities.

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Maddy Edsell and Mitchell Gaffney pictured cutting their cake at their wedding. Credit: Alex Tigani / Instagram

One of the first responders who arrived at the scene described it as a "major incident" as per a report by the Daily Mail.

"We have a bus rollover. Multiple patients," they said. "At this stage, we have identified seven, I repeat, seven code fours. We have one red-label patient whose injuries are severe. And unfortunately, we are expecting that is also going to code four.

"We have multiple red and orange label patients at this stage. I need all resources allocated to continue. I'm still trying to work out exactly how many patients I have here," they added.

"Code four" is a term used to refer to a patient that has died while "red label" implies that a patient is in critical condition, and "orange label" means a patient in a severe condition.

Kane Symons, Angus Craig, Rebecca Mullen, Darcy Bulman, Nadene and Kyah McBride, Andrew and Lynan Scott, Tori Cowburn, and Zachary Bray were all named as victims of the crash.

At the time, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described the tragedy as "cruel" and "so so unfair".

In a statement, he said: "All Australians' thoughts go out to the family, friends, and loved ones of those we've lost in such horrific circumstances."

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Brett Andrew Button, 58, the bus driver from the Hunter Valley crash is facing charges. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

Just a day after the tragedy, police revealed that the 58-year-old bus driver named Brett Andrew Button had been charged with 10 counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, including driving manner dangerous, and negligent driving (occasioning death).

While he was initially jailed for one night, he was granted bail straight after.

Reports stated that Button spent his time repeating the same two words over and over saying: "I'm sorry."

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The horrific bus crash killed 10 and left 25 people injured. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

However, just a few weeks later and his original charges have now been updated, with an additional 52 new charges being added to the list, which mostly relate to the guests who were injured.

This includes dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and causing bodily harm by misconduct.

Button is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on August 9.

Featured Image Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty