Route 31 from Arad to the Dead Sea Road was closed off following the collapse of part of a mountain on the road near the end of the descent to the Dead Sea.
“I was not tired, I was not on the phone – it was in my pocket,”Egged bus driver Alexander Liebman said in a brief and inconclusive statement during his testimony on Monday.
"When we arrived at the scene with a large number of forces, we saw the commercial vehicle that was trapped under the back part of the truck," said Magen David Adom paramedic Simcha Simandoiv.
"He was driving in a zig-zag and it looked like something wasn't right. I didn't even turn my head and he hit the family. He got there so quickly. I don't think he even slowed down."
The bus was photographed on its side, punctured by the highway's guard rail outside of Modi'in
Police have been cracking down on use of mobile devices while driving to increase safety and reduce the number of casualties and accidents on Israel’s roads.
Some 13 passengers on bus, as well as driver, lightly injured.
Nesher, the son of leading Israeli director, Avi Nesher, was eulogized by family and friends in a ceremony filled with music and joyful memories of his tragically short life.