First victims of horrific wedding bus crash tragedy named

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By Nasima Khatun

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The first victims of the horrific wedding crash tragedy have been named.

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

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 11:30 PM.

The journey was only supposed to last 30 minutes but 17 minutes in, the vehicle rolled over on Wine Country Drive at Greta which resulted in serious fatalities.

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

One of the first responders to the scene described it as a "major incident" during a triple-0 call, per the Daily Mail.

"We have a bus rollover. Multiple patients," they continued.

"At this stage, we have identified seven, I repeat, seven code fours," they said. "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" refers to a patient that has passed away while "red label" implies that a patient is in critical condition, and "orange label" means a patient in a severe condition.

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Floral tributes lie next to a road near the site of the coach crash on June 13, 2023 in Cessnock, Australia. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

On June 12, just a day after the incident, 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 drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving (occasioning death).

However, the Guardian followed up with a report that stated Button has now left Cessnock police station on bail.

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Brett Andrew Button, 58, the bus driver from the Hunter Valley crash where 10 people died, leaves Cessnock Police Station after the court granted him bail. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

In the wake of the tragedy, the first victims of the devastating crash have now been named.

Nadene McBride, her daughter Kyah McBride and Kyah's boyfriend Kane Symons have been named as victims. Andrew and Lynan Scott, Angus Craig, Rebecca 'Bec' Mullen, Tori Cowburn, and Zachary Bray have also been named by local news outlets.

Andrew and Lynan Scott leave behind two children under the age of five.

Darcy Bulman from Victoria has also been reported as a victim of the crash.

Eight players from Victoria's Warrandyte Cricket Club and five of their partners are reported to be among those that are injured, including Brandon Stafford, a third grade cricket XI captain, who's injuries include broken collar bones and a broken jaw.

Brandon Stafford, a groomsmen, was also among the injured.

Thankfully they're all set to recover from their injuries.

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."

Our prayers are with all the victims and their loved ones of this heartbreaking tragedy.

Featured Image Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty

First victims of horrific wedding bus crash tragedy named

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

The first victims of the horrific wedding crash tragedy have been named.

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

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 11:30 PM.

The journey was only supposed to last 30 minutes but 17 minutes in, the vehicle rolled over on Wine Country Drive at Greta which resulted in serious fatalities.

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

One of the first responders to the scene described it as a "major incident" during a triple-0 call, per the Daily Mail.

"We have a bus rollover. Multiple patients," they continued.

"At this stage, we have identified seven, I repeat, seven code fours," they said. "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" refers to a patient that has passed away while "red label" implies that a patient is in critical condition, and "orange label" means a patient in a severe condition.

wp-image-1263215745 size-full
Floral tributes lie next to a road near the site of the coach crash on June 13, 2023 in Cessnock, Australia. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

On June 12, just a day after the incident, 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 drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving (occasioning death).

However, the Guardian followed up with a report that stated Button has now left Cessnock police station on bail.

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Brett Andrew Button, 58, the bus driver from the Hunter Valley crash where 10 people died, leaves Cessnock Police Station after the court granted him bail. Credit: Roni Bintang/Getty

In the wake of the tragedy, the first victims of the devastating crash have now been named.

Nadene McBride, her daughter Kyah McBride and Kyah's boyfriend Kane Symons have been named as victims. Andrew and Lynan Scott, Angus Craig, Rebecca 'Bec' Mullen, Tori Cowburn, and Zachary Bray have also been named by local news outlets.

Andrew and Lynan Scott leave behind two children under the age of five.

Darcy Bulman from Victoria has also been reported as a victim of the crash.

Eight players from Victoria's Warrandyte Cricket Club and five of their partners are reported to be among those that are injured, including Brandon Stafford, a third grade cricket XI captain, who's injuries include broken collar bones and a broken jaw.

Brandon Stafford, a groomsmen, was also among the injured.

Thankfully they're all set to recover from their injuries.

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."

Our prayers are with all the victims and their loved ones of this heartbreaking tragedy.

Featured Image Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty