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Driver Of Fatal Hunter Valley Bus Crash charged Additional Offences

The driver of the fatal Hunter Valley bus crash has been charged with an additional 52 alleged offences.

Brett Andrew Button, 58, was initially facing 10 counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of negligent driving occasioning death.

The amended charge sheet was tendered at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday which included nine extra offences of negligent driving occasioning death, nine counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and nine counts of negligent driving in occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Twenty-five new charges of causing bodily harm by misconduct in charge of a motor vehicle have been added.

Button has not yet entered a plea on any of the charges.

He was accused from appearing in court and will be again for his next appearance in October due to “some issues with his licence”.

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On June 11, Button was behind the wheel carrying 35 passengers from a wedding before it flipped at Greta in NSW’s Hunter region.

Nine people died at the scene and a 10th on the way to hospital.

He is being accused of dangerous driving in thick fog and telling passengers to “fasten your seatbelts” just moments before losing control at a roundabout and smashing into a guard rail.

The bus then flipped on its side after the impact.

Button must follow strict bail conditions, including remaining at home from 8pm to 6am unless accompanied by an approved person, reporting to police three times a week, surrendering his passport and pay a $10,000 fine if he fails to appear in court when required.

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