PA's Fayyad tasks c'tee with bus accident probe

Palestinian Authority prime minister gives c'tee comprised of senior PA officials two weeks to present findings.

February 19, 2012 15:58
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Onlookers at the site of the bus accident.

bus accident jerusalem crash 390 R. (photo credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad announced Sunday that he planned to set up a committee tasked with investigating the tragic West Bank school bus accident that killed at least seven children and a teacher, and injured dozens.

Fayyad gave the committee two weeks to present their findings to the PA prime minister's office.

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The committee will be composed of senior PA officials, including the interior minister, the health minister, the education minister, the local government minister, the public works and housing minister and the chairman of the Palestinian Red Crescent, according to Palestinian Ma'an news agency.

The accident occurred last Thursday when a truck driver smashed his vehicle into a school bus, causing an explosion that ignited the vehicle.

Police suspect the wet road conditions between the Adam checkpoint and Kalandiya caused the truck to swerve into the oncoming traffic, striking the bus head on.

The driver, who is in an Israeli hospital, is to be questioned by police after receiving treatment.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced three days of mourning, the traditional Muslim mourning period, in memory of the children who died.

Yaakov Lappin and Melanie Lidman contributed to this report

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