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Truck driver 'deliberately' smashes into bus stop; 1 dead

'The Shin Bet and police killed my kid,' driver claims; police check reveals all of man's children are alive; investigation continues.

November 11, 2010 21:33
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Car Accident 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

A truck driver smashed his vehicle into a bus stop near a train station in Acre on Thursday night, killing one man, severely injuring three people, and causing moderate and light wounds to six additional people. The driver has been identified as 45-year-old Gabi Hen.

The injured include three IDF soldiers and a policeman.

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Police in the North have said the driver, a Jewish resident of Acre, told detectives during questioning that he deliberately rammed his truck into the bus stop.

"The Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency] and the police killed my kid," the suspect told police during interrogation, when asked to explain his actions.

A subsequent police check revealed that the man has two children, both of whom are alive and well. Police said the background to the attack remained unclear.

After the incident, the driver fled the scene on foot, and got as far as a kilometer before being arrested by police.

All of the casualties, suffering from a range of wounds, were evacuated to the Nahariya Hospital for the Western Galilee. Some of the most critically injured casualties were subsequently airlifted by Magen David Adom to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

The incident was attended by senior police brass including Northern police district head, Cmdr. Shimon Koren.

Koren told reporters on the scene that the driver had left a trail of carnage behind him, colliding with vehicles before crashing into a bus stop.

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