16 girls injured in crash on way to school

Driver moderately wounded; shuttle van driver and 16 girls lightly wounded in crash just north of Jerusalem.

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The shuttle van
The shuttle van
Judea-Samaria District Firefighters' Spokesperson

A woman aged around 30, a shuttle van driver and 16 girls aged between seven and ten were injured on Monday morning, in a car crash that took place between a van shuttling the children to school and a private car.

The accident took place on Highway 436 in a section between Ramot in northwest Jerusalem and Givat Ze'ev just to the north of the capital.

Magen David Adom (MDA) medics provided treatment and evacuated to the casualties to the hospital.

The 30-year-old woman who was the driver of the private car in the crash was moderately injured, suffering injuries to her stomach. She was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

All 16 girls and the shuttle driver were evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Hospital in light condition.

Due to the crash Highway 436 was closed to traffic heading towards Jerusalem.

Ari Nusbaum, a volunteer with United Hatzalah and a resident of Givat Ze'ev, spoke about what he saw at the scene.

"It was a shuttle van on its way from Givat Ze'ev to a school in the Ramot Polin neighborhood," he said. "When I arrived on the scene miraculously all of the children were fully conscious and outside the vehicle that had flipped over, after they were rescued by civilians who stopped to help until the forces arrived."

"Together with other volunteers from United Hatzalah's motorcycle unit we gave them initial medical treatment and afterwards most of them were evacuated to hospitals in Jerusalem for continued medical treatment and exams."