At least 5 dead and dozens injured in collision in Galilee between bus, van and cars
At least five people have been killed and dozens injured in a serious crash between a bus and several vehicles on Route 89 in the Upper Galilee, near the town of Hurfeish, on Wednesday afternoon.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said four people inside one of the cars were pronounced dead at the scene, including a 35-year-old woman and three children aged 15, 12 and 5. A fifth individual, a man of about 45 years old. , was also pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
According to MDA, the four people who were killed together in one vehicle were traveling in a taxi and the taxi driver was seriously injured. The fifth man was seriously injured after being crushed under the bus, paramedics said.
MDA said three other people involved in the crash were seriously injured and taken to hospital and 45 others were slightly injured. Two of the three people in serious condition are children aged 11 and 13, the MDA spokesperson told military radio.
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On Wednesday evening, one person in serious condition was hospitalized at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, two people in serious condition, one in moderate condition and 17 slightly injured were hospitalized at Ziv Medical Center in Safed and one person in a condition moderate and 26 slightly injured were taken to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.
Youth movement Bnei Akiva said the bus was carrying children and adolescents returning home after a day trip. Seventeen of the children on the bus were from the West Bank settlement of Mevo Dotan, settler leaders said.
“The incident involves a bus that overturned on its side as well as a large van and a private car,” said Oshri Eliyahu, United Hatzalah EMT volunteer and Ma’alot region chief.
“So far our volunteers have treated more than 20 injured people who are conscious,” he said shortly after the accident. “There are other wounded who are unconscious as well as those who are still trapped that we have not yet been able to reach. Firefighters are currently working to free them from the wreckage.
United Hatzalah said it had dispatched its Psychotrauma and Crisis Response unit to the scene of the accident to provide emotional and psychological support to those there.
The IDF has sent medical personnel as well as IDF helicopters to help extract and transport the wounded, the military said in a statement.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who landed in Israel on Wednesday evening after a trip to the United States, said he was devastated to learn of the tragic accident, and “sends his condolences and a warm hug to the families of those killed during this period. hard. ”
Bennett called on the Israeli public “to be extremely careful with safe travel on the road.”