One Killed, Over Forty Injured in Haifa Tunnel Bus Crash

The driver, who was also injured in the crash, is being investigated under suspicion of manslaughter and reckless driving.

Scene of an accident at the Carmel tunnel in Haifa, April 21, 2016.
Rami Shlush

A teenage girl injured in Thursday's bus crash in the northern city of Haifa has died. Forty-seven others were injured the crash, which occurred in the Carmel Tunnels on Thursday evening.

The teenager, 17-year-old Or Elbaz of Haifa, died on Friday morning. 

The driver, who was also injured in the crash, is being investigated under suspicion of manslaughter and reckless driving. The 44-year-old resident of Haifa has been released to house arrest.

Emergency services said that six other victims were in serious condition, seven suffered moderate wounds and 34 were lightly injured. Several others checked into hospitals independently, and were not included in the official casualty count.

A preliminary investigationshowed that the driver veered off course for an unknown reason. The involvement of a truck in the accident is also being examined.

The accident occurred on the road from the Carmel Beach to Neveh Sha’anan. Dozens of those injured were evacuated to nearby hospitals after they received first aid at the scene.

According to the NGO Or Yarok, buses comprise 0.5 percent of all vehicles on Israeli roads but are involved in 4.5 percent of serious road accidents. About 100 people are killed annually in Israel in road accidents in which heavy vehicles, such as buses and trucks, are involved in.