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Bus Hit by Bulldozer in Netanya, 20 Hurt

A bulldozer hit a bus in Netanya, wounding an estimated 20 people. Driver detained for questioning.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/28/2011, 5:38 PM

Bus accident (file)
Bus accident (file)
News 24, Shmuel Ben Yishai

A bulldozer hit a bus in Netanya on Sunday in an incident reminiscent of previous terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is not yet clear what caused the crash, although initial reports suggest it may have been an accident caused in part by the bus driver's failure to yield the right of way.

The drivers of both vehicles have been arrested for questioning.

The bulldozer hit a #21 bus, sending it flying across the street as the bulldozer's metal blade tore into the bus's frame. Nearly two dozen passengers were injured, with most hurt by flying glass or by the abrupt stop.

Paramedics evacuated the wounded to hospitals in Netanya and Hadera, where all were said to be in light condition.

Among those who stopped to help the shocked and injured passengers was Mayor Miriam Feirberg, who spotted the damaged bus as she traveled to a meeting.

Terrorists have previously used bulldozers and other heavy machinery to attack innocent passersby in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The most recent such attack was carried out by an Israeli Arab driver in southern Tel Aviv in mid-May; one person was murdered in the attack and 16 were wounded.