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Cowper bus tragedy: daughter finds closure 25 years on

Kellie Redenbach’s father was the truck driver in the Cowper Bus Crash. She came to Cowper for the first time to make peace with her past. Photo Tim Howard
Kellie Redenbach’s father was the truck driver in the Cowper Bus Crash. She came to Cowper for the first time to make peace with her past. Photo Tim Howard

THE daughter of the truck driver who crashed into the passenger bus at Cowper 25 years ago now feels she has closure on that part of her life.

Kellie Redenbach was only two when her father David Hutchinson's truck ploughed into a Brisbane-bound passenger coach.

Her dad was one of the 21 deaths of that dreadful accident in the early hours of Friday, October 20, 1989.

Now 27, Ms Redenbach has been on emotional roller coaster since she set out from Melbourne to take part in yesterday's 25th anniversary ceremony at the Cowper Bus Crash Memorial.

"I think it was a way of getting some closure on it all," she said.

"And it was also my way of saying goodbye."

She said had been worried if she was doing the right thing ever since she left Melbourne for the ceremony.

"I wasn't sure if I should come," she said. "I know people say dad is to blame for the accident and I didn't want to upset anyone," she said.

Instead, survivor Angela Ormesher, who lost two children and six other members of her extended family in the crash, embraced Ms Redenbach and asked God to bless her.

"It was an accident. You're not to blame, the same as I'm not to blame for booking my six children on that bus," she said.

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