Egged Driver Will Likely Be Charged With Manslaughter

The driver of the Egged bus that collided with a truck last Thursday, leaving five people dead and dozens hurt, will likely be charged with manslaughter or causing death by negligence.

An Acre court on Friday extended the detention of Ghanem Bahjat, 25, by an additional two days as prosecutors determine which charges will be brought against him.

On Thursday, Bahjat apparently swerved and crashed into a truck in the adjacent lane of Route 85 between Acre and Carmiel. The victims of the crash have been identified as Israel Air Force officer Aviv El-Dan, 25; Prison Service officer Saleh Abdullah, 42; Zohar Zehavi, 56; Sgt. Inna Svardelov, 21; and Asher Nidam, 62.

An initial investigation revealed that the bus, the No. 361 from Acre, swerved into the next lane hitting a semi-trailer truck. The entire right side of the bus was crushed and it tipped over on its side.

Bahjat, a resident of Sujur, had his license revoked in the past due to a grave traffic violation. He only received a license to drive a public vehicle this year. He was lightly hurt in the crash. Bahjat's lawyer said in court Friday that his client is in shock and doesn't remember anything about the accident.

Fifty-one others were hurt in the crash. Several emergency medical teams were summoned to the scene of the accident as well as firefighters and other rescue services. A Magen David Adom helicopter was used to evacuate two individuals critically hurt.