The bus driver involved in the deadly crash on Highway 1 in February that left six people dead and twelve others injured has been charged by prosecutors with manslaughter, irresponsible driving, driving at an unreasonable speed and other crimes.
The indictment was announced today.
The driver, Chaim B., was involved in a very similar incident on the same route two years ago. In August 2014, as the driver of the Route 402 bus, he crashed into a truck, overturning the vehicle, on Highway 1 near Sha’ar Hagay interchange. 18 people were injured in that accident, and Chaim was subsequently banned from intercity routes by Egged.
About a month before the February accident, the ban was removed and Chaim resumed the Egged Bus 402 route between Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak.
Six people – four bochurim and two women – were killed.
The driver of the truck, which was parked on the side of the road, said he was having some auto trouble and pulled over to check his engine.
Chaim said that he didn’t notice the truck, leading to the crash when he swerved and hit it.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel