A preliminary police investigation has found that the deadly road accident on Route 443 this morning, which claimed the lives of Rachel Gutman, 29, from Modi’in Illit, and Ruchama Rosen, 27, from Yerushalayim and left another 51 people injured, occurred as a result of a collision between a rescue vehicle and a bus that crashed into it and overturned, Ynet reports.
The incident occurred close to the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon. The bus, belonging to the Kavim company, was heading from Modi’in Illit to Yerushalayim.
According to the police, the driver of the rescue vehicle stopped near the safety barrier in order to help those involved in a separate minor traffic accident on the opposite lane. The bus that was closely following the rescue vehicle crashed into it prompting it to tip over, sliding into a ditch and hitting a safety railing.
The two drivers involved in the accident were called in for questioning under caution by police. The road was reopened after being closed off to traffic for up to five hours.
The police said that despite some conflicting eyewitness reports, the driver of the rescue vehicle, who was left lightly injured, stopped his car in an orderly manner and it’s not clear why the bus driver lost control of the wheel.