Egged Driver Behind Devastating Crash Charged With Manslaughter

YERUSHALAYIM -
Medical and Rescue personnel evacuate wounded and killed passengers from the scene where a bus crashed into a truck pulled over on Road 1 near Latrun interchange. (Flash90)
Medical and rescue personnel evacuate wounded and dead passengers from the scene where a bus crashed into a truck pulled over on Road 1 in February. (Flash90)

Prosecutors have filed charges against the Egged bus driver involved in the crash that left six people dead and 12 injured in February. He was charged with manslaughter, irresponsible driving and driving at an unreasonable speed.

The indictment further alleges that even though the driver had a wide field of vision, he did not see the truck on the shoulder of the road and continued driving normally.

Due to the force of the collision, the bus continued moving forward as part of the truck smashed through its right side.

This was not the first time the driver crashed a bus. In August 2014 he was involved in an accident near the Shaar Hagai interchange in which 18 people were injured. Prosecutors at the time called him “a reckless driver who did not understand that the vehicle in front of his was slowing down.” He was sentenced to community service and a temporary loss of license.

Even though he had been found guilty of reckless driving, Egged reinstated him as a driver last September. When the company was questioned about how it let him continue driving buses, a spokesperson said that the question was irrelevant.