Israel – At least three people were killed when an Egged bus number 501 collided with a truck at Gilon Junction on the Akko-Carmiel road Thursday.
Dozens of people were injured, many of them in serious condition. Large police and Magen David Adom forces, and Ichud Hatzalah assisted by a helicopter, treated the injured and evacuated them to hospitals in the area.
Rescue teams reported that three others were killed and have yet to be removed from the bus.
Emergency services reported that some 30 people were injured, five of them in serious condition, five of them in moderate condition, and the remainder sustained light wounds. Dozens of ambulances and a helicopter took part in the rescue effort.
The Galilee District Police said the accident took place when one of the vehicles deviated from its lane, and as a result, the sides of the two vehicles collided.
Heavy traffic in the area hindered the rescue teams from reaching the injured. Roads in the area were subsequently closed off to traffic.
Firefighters from stations around the western Galilee were alerted to the crash site, and rescued the injured from the bus. The wounded were evacuated to hospitals in Haifa and Nahariya, and a mass casualty incident was declared.
The Egged bus company issued a statement following the incident: “At this point, it is unclear what caused the accident. It is a very serious accident.”
The accident took place around 5:20 pm, on the road between Akko and Carmiel, not far from Ahihud junction.
Earlier Thursday, two Palestinians were killed and three were lightly injured in a road accident at the Shavei-Shomron junction. Magen David Adom teams treated the injured and they were evacuated by the Palestinian Red Crescent. The accident occurred on the road connecting Tulkarem and Na
**UPDATE** 12:57 PM
One of the deceased has been identified as a breslov chasid from Jerusalem. Over 30 injured and multiple are dead, more than 65 United Hatzalah volunteers are on the scene.