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Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has arrived at one of the hospitals that received victims of the bus accident commenting “A horrific site, no other words. To our sorrow there are fatalities and persons seriously wounded”.
One of the wounded is now reported critical and another in serious condition. Some of the victims were taken to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot and Assaf HaRofeh in Rishon L’Tzion.
The bus left Jerusalem for Bnei Brak until getting to the Latrun area, where the truck with the building materials was parked on the side of the road. The bus driver began braking but he was not able to stop in time. It appears he did realize the truck was protruding into his lane, but the driver had nowhere to go. Both the bus driver and truck driver are being questioned by police. Contradicting this report are statements the bus driver did not realize the truck was in his lane, but this does not explain why he began braking.
It is confirmed children are among the dead R”L. It will take some time to piece the pieces of this accident together. The head of the Israel Police traffic investigations unit is on the scene along with other senior officials to make certain to oversee each step of this investigation. Channel 2 News reports the truck driver was slightly injured, adding the bus driver simply did not see the parked truck in the dark. Needless to say the details surrounding the accident are most likely to change as accident investigators piece together the pieces of this tragic puzzle.
The Jerusalem-Tel-Aviv Highway remains closed in both directions from Ben-Gurion east (to Jerusalem) and Latrun west (towards the airport).
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