4 Killed, Dozens Injured in Collision on Israel's Route 6

A truck and a bus, said to be full of passengers, crash in southern Israel, near Kiryat Gat.

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Four people were killed and dozens more were injured Sunday in a collision between a truck and a Metropoline bus traveling between Rishon Letzion and Be'er Sheva on Route 6 in southern Israel.

Among the injured, one was critically hurt and six more sustained light to moderate injuries.

A representative for Magen David Adom emergency services said the No. 377 bus was full of passengers. Medics, paramedics and numerous ambulances were dispatched to the scene to treat the injured.

One Magen David Adom paramedic said there was extensive damage at the scene. He said two people were seriously hurt and that between eight and 12 people who were lightly hurt have been taken to hospital for treatment.

ZAKA ambulances from Kiryat Gat and Lachish were called to the scene, as was a helicopter that helped evacuate passengers from the bus, a ZAKA paramedic said, adding that the results of the crash were tragic and difficult.

Some four months ago, six people were killed by a truck whose cargo was heavier than the permissible weight, which prevented it from braking properly.

The double-trailer truck, driven by a Bedouin from Rahat, was carrying rocks from Isfiya and apparently intended to take the main road heading south.

Eyewitnesses said the truck went out of control and crashed into other cars and pedestrians. One of the cars burst into flames. The truck finally stopped dozens of meters after passing the intersection, in a nearby field.

The scene of the collision on Route 6.Credit: Screen shot

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