Magen David Adom ambulances 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Six people were killed and 16 were injured, including two seriously, when a
trailer truck careened out of control and smashed into eight cars on Bar-Yehuda
Street between Nesher and Haifa on Wednesday afternoon.
accident left even veteran paramedics shocked.
The full trailer truck
smashed through all eight cars and continued through the junction, only coming
to a stop when it smashed into the gate of a military base at the bottom of the
Magen David Adom went to a “mass casualties event” response level,
dispatching 29 ambulances and eight emergency care vehicles, along with dozens
“The scene looked like a terror attack,” MDA paramedic
Avner Kogen said. “The cars that had been hit and the injured people were spread
across a 100-meter radius, and many of the injured were still trapped inside
Another MDA paramedic, Carmel subdistrict head Shimon Biton,
said it was “a catastrophe, it looked like a war, with cars that had burned and
flipped over all around the junction. It’s just impossible to grasp.”
said that all of the 16 injured were evacuated to hospitals in the Haifa area,
with two in serious condition, four moderately hurt, and the rest lightly
Israel Police national spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the
investigation had determined that the truck’s brakes had failed as it was going
down the decline. He added that witnesses had reported that at least one of its
tires caught fire.
Rosenfeld said that the driver, a 30-year-old Rahat
man, was among those hospitalized and that police were questioning
Traffic Police investigators suspect the truck was carrying a load
over the limit allowed by law.
The driver has 16 traffic citations, which
police said was not an especially high number and had not caused him to lose his
license. A Traffic Police investigator said that as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday he was
undergoing treatment and they had not been able to question him
The Haifa Magistrate's Court issued a seven-day extension Thursday on the driver's remand.
The Road Safety Authority said heavy work trucks such as the one
involved in Wednesday’s accident were six times as likely as private vehicles to
be involved in accidents.
Thirteen people people had been killed in
accidents with such trucks since the start of the year, and in 2012, 41 people
were killed in accidents involving such vehicles, the authority said.
authority said it had appointed a committee to “thoroughly examine the factors
that led directly and indirectly to the deadly truck accident.”
committee would also examine the safety of large trucks on Israeli roads, it