At least five people, including children, were killed and 11 were injured when bus 402 from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak collided with a truck on Highway 1 on Sunday evening.
A spokesman for the Egged bus company said the bus, which left Jerusalem for Bnei Brak at 5:40pm, apparently hit a truck that was standing on the road margins.
Destruction caused to the bus
"The bus collided with a truck transporting marble plates, which was parked on the side of the road. A part of the bus got ripped in two. People were thrown into the air while the bus was moving," said ZAKA spokesman Motti Burkchin.
The truck that was on the side of the road (Photo: Uri Davis, United Hatzalah)
Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated nine of the injured to the Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center, the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Among them is one in critical condition, one in serious condition, three in moderate condition and three lightly injured. In addition, three lightly injured people were evacuated to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.
Scene of the accident
Bus 402 is a "Mehadrin line" used by ultra-Orthodox Jews to travel between Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.
The accident caused heavy traffic in the area, with the westbound lane being closed between the Latrun Interchange and the Anava Interchange, and around the Sha'ar HaGai Interchange.