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One person was killed and 32 were injured on Tuesday morning when an Egged bus
slammed into a semi-trailer parked on the shoulder of Route 1 near the Ben
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Later on Tuesday, three people were killed in a head-on
collision in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of the capital when the car
in which they were traveling was hit by a truck.
One of the victims was
identified as Rabbi Uri Dasberg, 65, from Alon Shvut, who adopted his daughter’s
two children after she and her husband, Efrat and Yaron Ungar, were killed by
terrorists in 1996.
Two people injured in Tuesday morning’s accident were
in serious condition, five suffered moderate injuries and at least 15 were
The man fatally injured died en route to the
An Egged spokesman said the bus, nearly full-capacity and
traveling the main 405 line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, struck the right side of
the truck, which was parked on the shoulder of the highway. An eyewitness
confirmed that account to Israel Radio.
Police, fire and Magen David Adom
crews were deployed to the scene, and paramedics evacuated the injured to Assaf
Harofeh, Tel Hashomer and Kaplan hospitals.
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Authorities closed Route 1
between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and police opened an investigation.
day’s second collision occurred on Route 60 near Neveh Daniel in Gush
Dasberg and Yocheved Altschul, 55, from Elazar, died instantly,
and MDA treated four other people at the scene, including a 60- year-old woman
evacuated in critical condition to Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Kerem,
where she soon died. The driver of the truck, a Palestinian, was moderately
injured and treated by the Red Crescent.
Dasberg was a rabbi at the Zomet
Institute, a non-profit institution dedicated to melding halachic Judaism to the
technological necessities of modern life. He was also a contributor to the
Talmudic Encyclopedia, a six-decade, ongoing project to organize the halachic
topics of the Talmud by alphabetical order.
“Today the children lost
their father for the second time,” Rabbi Gideon Perl of Alon Shvut told the
Walla News website of Dasberg, whose daughter Efrat and son-in-law Yaron were
killed in a shooting attack near Gefen, a Beit Shemesh-area moshav. Dasberg’s
funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the central synagogue in Alon
Shvut, and from there proceed to the Kfar Etzion cemetery.
organization Or Yarok released statistics on Tuesday indicating that buses are
involved in serious accidents at a rate 10 times greater than their share of
vehicles on the road, and that semi-trailers’s are involved at a rate nearly
five times greater than their share of vehicles.
Buses make up 1 percent
of all vehicles, but are involved in 10% of the serious accidents, Or Yarok
said. Semi-trailers constitute 2% of all vehicles, but are involved in 9% of
The organization recommended adding lanes for heavy
vehicles on high-traffic thoroughfares, establishing additional rest areas for
bus and truck drivers and encouraging the use of advanced safety devices in
private and public transportation.
Or Yarok director Shmuel Abuav said of
Tuesday’s collision, “An accident in which two vehicles weighing dozens of tons
strike each other is comparable to a battlefield.
Unfortunately, in this
morning’s crash, the collision of a full-capacity bus and a heavy truck resulted
Regarding the accident near Ben Shemen, the Egged
spokesman said, “The circumstances of the accident are being investigated by the
Highway Police. Egged’s accident investigation unit and the bus driver are
offering the police their full cooperation.”
The statement said that the
driver, who was unharmed, “has a perfect 27-year driving record.
was examined by Egged’s central garage on May 20 and was in top technical
condition. Egged is deeply saddened by this accident and wishes the injured a
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