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The driver of a bus has been charged with dangerous driving after 10 of his passengers were killed and 25 were injured.

The incident happened near the town of Greta in Australia, about 180 kilometres northwest of Sydney.

The town is located in Australia’s Hunter region, famous for its wedding venues among the vineyards.

The crash, which has been hailed as the country’s worst bus crash in almost 30 years, took place at about 23:30 on Saturday.

Local police said the driver lost control of the bus at a roundabout. The bus then left the road and flipped on to its side. The 58-year-old man was taken to hospital for mandatory drug testing. He was refused bail and scheduled to appear in court this week.

Bush crashes of this magnitude are a rare occurrence in Australia. The last one took place in 1989 when two bus crashes within two months of each other killed 35 and 21 people respectively.

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese shared his grief with the families of those killed and injured.

“All of us know the joy of going to a wedding… They are some of the happiest times that you can have. For a joyous day like that in a beautiful place to end with such terrible loss of life and injury so cruel and so sad and so unfair.”

Image credit: AMU TV

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