Bus carrying kids overturns injuring at least 46

One man in critical condition, 3 treated for serious injuries; cause of accident still unknown; MDA brings injured to local hospitals.

April 23, 2011 16:22
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Bus crash [illustrative]

Bus crash on Route 6 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)

A private bus flipped over at the Eyal Junction on Route 6, injuring at least 46 passengers, including 17 children on Saturday.

One man was critically injured after sustaining a blow to the head. Three of the injured passengers were in serious condition, and six were in moderate condition. The rest were being treated for light injuries.

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Several remained trapped in the overturned bus as Magen David Adom Sharon and Yarkon teams arrived on the scene. One of the passengers, who said he was injured lightly, told Army Radio from Belinson Hospital that "There was so much blood, it was like a war." He added that the passengers on the bus were of mixed ages: children, elderly, and adults.

Israeli media reported that the bus had flipped over after it had veered off the road and the driver had attempted to steer it back. MDA crews arrived at the scene and began to treat the wounded. Army Radio reported that the medical team was bringing some of the injured to nearby Bilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Ichilov in Tel Aviv, and the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.

It is not yet clear what caused the bus to overturn. Army Radio reported that police were investigating whether the driver had fallen asleep or was talking on the phone at the time of the accident.

Route 6 was closed to all traffic as police investigated the circumstances behind the accident. Southbound lanes were later reopened.

In related news, Army Radio reported a head-on-collision between two vehicles on the highway between Tefen and Lefidot injured six people. One of the injured was in serious condition, another sustaining moderate injuries and the rest injured lightly.

The seriously injured man was flown by helicopter to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

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