Reports reaching the desk of Africa Today News, New York has it that car crashed into an Australian pub’s outdoor dining area on Monday morning, killing no fewer than five people and injuring six others including the driver.
According to a statement by the police, the 66-year-old driver of the luxury BMW SUV was taken to a hospital after the crash at the crowded Royal Daylesford Hotel beer garden in the rural town of Daylesford, northwest of Melbourne.
The driver suffered shock and minor injuries and remained under police guard, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said.
Police investigators are trying to determine how the car came to mount a curb and crash into the roadside dining area. The driver tested negative for alcohol and his blood was being analyzed for other impairing substances, Patton said.
A boy, two men in their 30s and a woman in her 40s died at the scene, police said. A teenage girl was flown to a Melbourne hospital where she died on Sunday night.
Two boys, aged 11 months and around 6 years old, were taken to hospitals in stable conditions.
Three adults remained in a Melbourne hospital on Monday, including a 35-year-old woman who was in intensive care.
Police have yet to interview the driver, whose only prior record was for speeding offenses. Investigators did not yet know if excessive speed was a factor in the accident, Patton said.
In another report, Bubba Copeland, an Alabama mayor and prominent Baptist pastor, passed away by suicide last Friday in the United States.
His suicide occurred within 24 hours of a conservative news outlet publishing an article about his “secret life” and showcasing images of him donning women’s garments.
The mayor, who wore dual hats as both the pastor at the First Baptist Church of Phenix City and the city’s leader, addressed the issue on Wednesday, reported Yahoo News.