Scene of accident on Route 6 370.
(photo credit: Moshe Mizrahi / News 24)
The National Traffic Unit of the Israel Police continues to investigate the
tragic bus accident on Highway 6 on Sunday that left four people dead, as two
Israeli families received the news that their sons lost their lives in the crash
the day before.
The two victims named on Monday are Yariv Barak, 28, from
Rishon Lezion, and Yonatan Turgeman, 21, from Rehovot. On Sunday night, two of
the deceased were named by the IDF as soldiers Hai Ben Naim, 19, from Rishon
Lezion and Kfir Dahari, 22, from Yavne.
Ch.-Insp. Galit Ben-Baruch of the
National Traffic Police said that officers are still gathering testimony from
passengers on the Metropoline bus 377 that collided with the dump truck on
Highway 6 near the Shorek junction, in order to determine which driver was at
She added that the bus driver Yaakov Weitzman was released from
the hospital on house arrest on Monday, and that he maintains that he wasn’t
able to see the garbage truck because a truck driving in front of him was
blocking his view.
She said that the garbage truck driver Haim Tzarfati
was also released on caution, but is not under house arrest.
accident also left over a dozen people injured on Monday, after the bus
sideswiped the garbage truck, which was parked on the side of the
In response to suggestions that the narrow width of the road’s
shoulders may have been a player in the accident, the Transportation Ministry
stressed that “these are standard shoulders, with a width of three meters, and
it is not at all certain that the shoulders were the cause of the
“The accident is being investigated by the Israel Police, and
only after the procedures can we get as far as researching the truth and drawing
the necessary conclusions,” the ministry added.
Meanwhile, the Israel
Road Transport Board said that it has been demanding already for a decade
parking bays and rest stops for heavy vehicles along Highway 6, in order to
prevent trucks from having to stop on the road itself.
operators of Highway 6 did not answer the board’s pleas, the group turned to the
High Court of Justice through a petition.
In response to the petition,
government officials said in October 2003 that they intend to submit a plan for
such rest stops within three months, the board added. Sharon Udasin contributed to this report.