Four Killed in Head-on Collision in Southern Israel

Four-year-old boy, his parents, grandfather killed when bus and car crash near Kibbutz Grofit in Arava; one-year old daughter in critical condition; driver of car allegedly lost control, veering into bus' lane.

A four-year-old boy, his parents and his grandfather were killed when a bus collided head-on with a car near Kibbutz Grofit in the Arava region in southern Israel. A one-year-old was critically injured in the accident and seven additional people were lightly hurt.

The names of the victims were Solomon Schwartz, 66, his son, Erez Schwartz, 36, his wife Sarit, 32 and their son, Amit, 4. The family lived in Eilat and Erez worked as a cab driver.Erez and Sarit's one-year-old baby is in critical condition. The entire family was riding in the car that collided with the bus.

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Emergency teams from throughout southern Israel arrived to the scene of the crash, with firefighters called in to rescue passengers trapped inside the wreckage of the car.

Magen David Adom rescue service paramedics tended to those injured in the collision and an Israel Air Forces helicopter evacuated the critically injured one-year-old to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.

Those who were lightly injured were taken to Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat.

The bus involved in the accident was a tour bus headed toward Eilat, and the car was in the opposite lane. The car inexplicably veered into the other lane, colliding head-on with the bus. The impact of the collision caused the car to split in half.

The bus driver, Yaakov Levi from Holon, said that he was driving a group of factory workers from Haifa who were en route to a vacation in Eilat. "I saw her lose control, spin the wheel to the left and simply cross the Arava Road," Levi said.

The bus driver continued, saying "she was driving really fast. I didn't understand, all of a sudden she just swerved and came into my lane."