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EMERGENCY WARNING BUSHFIRE AT TOMAGO

TOMAGO FIRE: The Rural Fire Service has issued an EMERGENCY WARNING for a fire on Masonite Road, Tomago. Residents in Barry Close, Cabbage Tree Rd and Massonite Rd are advised to shelter in place. Do not try and leave the area as it is too late to leave. The Rural Fire Service estimate 30 to 40 homes to be in the vicinity. The fire is heading easterly directions towards the Newcastle airport. Latest RFS info:¬†https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me Video courtesy Maddy Schofield.    

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TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN GRETA BALLOON CRASH

Two people have been airlifted to hospital, after a hot air balloon with 15 people on board crashed in the Hunter Valley early this morning. Police say the balloon attempted to land at Camp Road in Greta, about 21km from Cessnock, just after 7am, but struck a bush and crashed. Four people received minor injuries, but a 20-year-old woman was treated for suspected spinal injuries, while an 80-year-old woman was treated for multiple fractures. Both women were airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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