'I saw dead children, and there was nothing I could do,' says crash driver
Bus driver speaks of deadly accident on the Jordan Highway Tuesday that left 5 dead, including 3 children.
The bus driver who was involved in a fatal car accident on the Jordan Valley Highway Tuesday that left 5 dead including three children, said that he had no time to respond after the car veered in front of him and that he "could not do anything, I saw the car, saw dead children, and I couldn't do anything, I began to cry."
The 59-year-old driver, who asked that his name not be published, said it was the first accident he had ever been in.
The driver, who was lightly injured in the accident, said the highway was clear of cars and he was driving 50 mph when "suddenly a car came straight at me after passing another car. When he passed the other car he veered to the right and lost control of the wheel, and after he regained control, he hit the bus."
The accident occurred close to the settlement of Moshav Argaman in the Jordan Valley.
Those killed were two adults and three children aged between five and 10 years old. The six passengers were from two different families, and had crammed into a 5-seat Mazda Lantis, according to Channel 2.
Channel 2 also reported that shortly before the accident, the driver of the passenger vehicle was stopped and given a citation for speaking on his cellphone while driving.
According to unconfirmed reports, the car was on its way back from Lag Ba'omer celebrations at Mount Meron in the Upper Galilee when it hit the bus which was en route from Jerusalem to Mount Meron traveling in the oncoming lane.
An initial investigation found that the accident occurred at a sharp bend in the road.
All the injured were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medical personnel, who were flown in on three helicopters.
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