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Police are still working to identify the crash victims and contact their next of kin.

Family and friends of a person who may have been on board the bus are urged to contact Cessnock Police Station on 02 4991 0199.

Witnesses – or anyone with information relevant to the circumstances surrounding the crash – are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to keep the line to Cessnock Police Station clear for concerned family members.

Senior NSW police will address the media later this morning after 10 people died and multiple others were injured in a bus crash at Greta, in the state’s Hunter region overnight.

Emergency services remain at the scene of a fatal bus crash, where multiple people have died, and more than 10 others were injured in the state’s Hunter region overnight.

Just after 11.30pm last night, Sunday, 11 June 2023, emergency services were called to the roundabout on Wine Country Drive near the Hunter Expressway off ramp at Greta, after reports a coach had rolled.

Large-scale emergency response

A large-scale emergency response commenced involving officers from Hunter Valley Police District, Police Rescue, Traffic and Highway Patrol, NSW Ambulance paramedics, NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Rural Fire Service, and various helicopters for hospital transports.

Initial inquiries indicate 10 people have died. Eleven people were transported to hospital via helicopter and road, and 18 passengers are uninjured.

The driver of the bus – a 58-year-old man – was taken to hospital under police guard for mandatory testing and assessment.

A crime scene has been established, which will be examined by specialist forensic police and the Crash Investigation Unit.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash has commenced.

It is anticipated that road closures and diversions will be protracted, please check www.livetraffic.com prior to travelling.

Further information will be provided when it becomes available.

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