Five people were killed Thursday and dozens wounded in a crash between an Egged bus and a semi-trailer. The crash took place in the north, between the cities of Carmiel, east of Haifa, and Tzfat, located in the Upper Galilee.
Among the dead were two soldiers and a Prison Services worker. The victims were identified as 21-year-old Sergeant Eina Svardelov of Tzfat, Major Salah Abdallah, 42, of Kisra, 25-year-old Captain Aviv El-Dan of Carmiel, Asher Nidam, 62, of Tzfat, and Zohar Zahavi Yitzchak, 56, of Haifa.
Thirty people were wounded, five were in serious condition, five others were moderately wounded, and the remainder were lightly injured. The crash was classified as a mass-casualty incident, and medical personnel were called up to local hospitals to deal with the flood of patients.
Police have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the crash. An initial probe showed that the bus had swerved out of its lane, hitting the truck.
The bus driver, a 25-year-old from Kfar Sajur, received his license less than six months before the crash. He was recently censured for tailgating, and Egged had received complaints from passengers about his driving.
The driver is hospitalized and police said they would not question him until he has recovered somewhat from his injuries.