Bus crash in Israel leaves six dead

Bus crash in central Israel leaves at least six dead, twenty wounded

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

At least sex people are dead and dozens injured after a bus collided with a pickup truck. February 4, 2013.

At least six people were killed and more than 20 wounded after a bus collided with a truck on Route 1 in central Israel on Sunday evening. The number of casualties is expected to rise.

The Egged 402 bus crashed into a truck parked on the side of the road. The bus was heading to Jerusalem from Bnei Brak.

Israeli police said that large number of medical personnel and firefighters were sent to the scene.

After the accident, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz ordered the director-general of his office to speed up the installation of road safety systems in trucks and busses.

Katz issued a directive that requires these kinds of vehicles to install systems that monitor if a car is veering from its lane, as well as the distance between the vehicle and the vehicle in front of it, two weeks ago.

If the directive was already in effect, the crash that killed at least six, might have been prevented. The directive is planned to go into effect on November 1.

TRTWorld and agencies