Israeli Bus Driver Probed for Crash Killing Woman, Two Daughters

The driver got off the bus to fix a technical issue which, police suspect, triggered an emergency system in the bus, causing it to roll down the street and ram into a nearby bus station

Aaron Rabinowitz
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Scene of the bus accident ion Jerusalem on Thursday.
Scene of the bus accident ion Jerusalem on Thursday.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

The bus driver who had seemingly lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a busy Jerusalem bus stop, killing a woman and her two daughters, was investigated for negligent homicide on Friday.

He was later released to house arrest.

Shoshana Glustein and her daughters Chaya Sara and Chana were killed in the accident on Thursday, and 12 other people were wounded.

Shoshana and her three-year-old daughter Chana were pronounced dead at the scene. After the bus was airlifted, paramedics found seven-year-old Chaya Sara underneath it, and she was also pronounced dead.

The investigation has so far revealed that the driver, who was driving line 402 from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak, had technical issues closing the bus's storage compartment after dropping off passengers up the street from the location of the accident.

The driver got off the bus to examine the issue, and in his attempt to fix it, police suspect, he triggered an emergency system which caused the breaks to disengage, and the vehicle to start rolling down the street.

Surveillance footage of the accident shows the bus crashing into people on the pavement with its storage area door open. The driver, who has 17 year of driving experience, was lightly wounded in the incident.

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