Eleven people were injured, including five Bais Yaakov girls on their way to school, when a driver lost control of her car at the corner of Yirmiyahu Street and Minchas Yitzchak in Yerushalayim on Wednesday.
The car careered onto the sidewalk and struck the girls, injuring one seriously and another moderately.
The cause of the accident appears to have been human error. The car, driving at Brandeis and Yirmiyahu Streets, lurched forward when the driver mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. It drove onto the sidewalk and continued on to a nearby traffic island, stopping only when it struck a passing chevrah kaddisha vehicle.
Ichud Hatzolah medics provided first aid to the injured.
Seriously hurt in the accident was Bracha Golda bas Esther Bluma, age 14. Her friend, Golda Frieda bas Chava Beila, 8, was moderately hurt. Lightly hurt were nine-year-old Rachel bas Dikla, 10-year-old Adel bas Yehudis and Chava bas Rechil Tsivia.
Also lightly hurt were a number of passers-by, the drivers of the car that caused the accident and of the chevrah kaddisha vehicle.
Three additional girls were treated for shock.