IDF helicopters and Magen David Adom ambulances on Friday night evacuated 34 Israeli tourists injured in a bus accident in Jordan earlier in the day from hospitals in Amman and Madaba to medical centers in Jerusalem and Tel Hashomer.
Yehiel Lefkovitz, 84, was killed, 10 people were seriously injured and 24 others were lightly-moderately hurt when a bus full of Israeli tourists, pensioners from Ramat Gan, overturned on the road leading from the Jordanian capital to Petra.
A military helicopter evacuated five of the casualties, who were in moderate-light condition, to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem. Four others, two of them seriously injured, were airlifted to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Several Magen David Adom ambulances evacuated the remaining casualties to Israeli hospitals via the Allenby Border Crossing. Some of the injured were transferred to Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus and Shaare Zedek Hospital.
An initial investigation suggested that the accident was caused when the driver lost control of the bus as a result of heavy rains.
Jordan, like Israel, was hit by storms at the weekend, and one passenger was quoted by Israel Radio as saying the driver braked suddenly on a wet road, causing the bus to overturn.
Immediately after the accident, Israeli Embassy officials arrived at the Jordanian hospitals to which the casualties were admitted.