Major Accident Averted in Yerushalayim

The scene of the accident Monday morning (Ichud Hatzalah)
The scene of the accident Monday morning. (Ichud Hatzalah)

B’chasdei Shamayim, a major accident that could have claimed dozens of victims was lessened Monday morning at a Yerushalayim bus stop. Just minutes before a truck rammed into a bus stop shelter on Hashomer Street in Yerushalayim, dozens of children who were waiting for a bus got their ride, leaving behind just a few passengers waiting for an Egged bus.

The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. The four injured individuals were treated at the scene and released. Other incidents of this type in recent years – involving cars, not trucks – have ended up resulting in the deaths or severe injuries of victims, and those at the scene all attributed the fact that nothing serious happened to a nes, a miracle.

On the scene was Eitan Brill, a rescue worker for Ichud Hatzalah, who administered first aid to the victims. “When I got to the scene I saw what I evaluated to be a serious accident scene, and expected to find many victims – but, b’derech nes, this was not the case. The bus stop was completely shattered. Standing at the stop were two men, and a mother and baby, who said that just a few minutes earlier a school bus had picked up several dozen children who were waiting for their bus.”

After several minutes, other rescue workers arrived on the scene, and the victims were treated – all suffering only minor scratches. Police have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the incident. Terrorism is not suspected.

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