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A garden commemorates those who died in the crash of two buses near Clybucca in 1989, with the loss of 35 lives. It is Australia`s worst road disaster.
Two full tourist coaches collided head-on in the early morning at Clybucca Flat, 12 kilometres north of Kempsey, leaving 35 dead and 41 injured. The coaches concertinaed into each other, killing both drivers instantly. The impact snapped seats from their anchor bolts so that both seats & passengers were hurled about the vehicles with terrific force, which also trapped people and their luggage against the back of the bus.
A New South Wales Coroner's inquiry into the coach collision found that the McCafferty driver fell asleep at the wheel. The driver failed to negotiate a left-hand bend on the highway and the coach crossed to the wrong side and collided with the TransCity coach.
|Address:||Pacific Highway & Sutherlands Lane, Clybucca, 2440|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -30.984625|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||22-December-1989|
|Actual Event End Date:||22-December-1989|
CLYBUCCA BUS DISASTER
McCafferty's Coach Trans City Coach
This Memorial Garden
Was Created And Dedicated
By The Lions Club of Kempsey Inc
In Memory Of The 35 Who Lost Their Lives
And Those Injured In The Coach Crash
On Friday 22nd December 1989
Also The Families And Others Affected
And All Those Involved
Directly Or Indirectly
In The Rescue
A Memorial Garden Planned
That From Tragedy Love Can
A Place Of Beauty, A Mark
Where All Can Visit And
May Clybucca Be A Living