One dead, seven injured as bus and car collide near Sea of Galilee

“When we arrived, we noticed a crushed private vehicle close to the bus. In the driver's seat a young woman of about 21 was trapped,” said paramedics at the scene.

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February 24, 2019 13:56
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One dead, seven injured as bus and car collide near Sea of Galilee

The aftermath of a serious accident between an Egged bus and a private vehicle on Route 92 in northern Israel on Sunday morning. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

 
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A woman was killed and three others were wounded when an Egged bus collided with a car on Route 92 near Kibbutz Ein Gev, close to Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee).

Photographs from the scene showed the mangled remains of a crushed car, and a #843 Egged Bus with major damage to its front and windshield.

“MDA paramedics determined the death of a woman and provided medical treatment to several passengers on the bus who were lightly injured,” Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller said.

Five emergency personnel teams, including firefighters, were on the scene to deal with the aftermath of the collision.

Senior MDA medic Yehuda Leibowitz described the accident as “very serious.”

“When we arrived, we noticed a crushed private vehicle close to the bus. In the driver’s seat a young woman of about 21 was trapped,” Leibowitz said. “She was unconscious with a severe systemic injury.”


Paramedics “tried to give her treatment while she was being rescued by firefighters. And after she was rescued, we performed medical examinations. She had no signs of life and we were forced to pronounce her dead,” he said.

“We gave medical treatment to seven other passengers on the bus who were moderately to lightly injured and evacuated to hospital,” Leibowitz added.

The Israel Police issued a statement confirming that the deceased was the driver of the private vehicle. “The cause of the accident is still unclear, and road accident examiners are working on the scene, collecting findings and opening an investigation,” the statement said.

The accident follows just two weeks after two people were killed and 42 others were injured in a bus accident outside the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon.

In that accident, a bus hit a private van that had stopped on the shoulder of the highway in order to assist another vehicle in an unrelated accident.
   

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