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Driver blames malfunction for deadly bus crash that killed mother, 2 daughters

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12.08.2022

The driver of a bus that struck and killed a mother and her two daughters in north Jerusalem told police interrogators on Friday that he had accidentally triggered the release of the brakes while trying to fix a malfunction.

The bus proceeded to swerve off of Shamgar street and into a bus stop where nearly a dozen people had been standing. In addition to the three people who were killed, nine others were injured, including a woman in her 20s who was in very serious condition and a woman in her 40s, a four-year-old boy and a nine-month-old baby who were all in moderate condition.

Police tried interrogating the driver shortly after the accident late Thursday night but he was too hysterical over what had happened and officers decided to bring him back for questioning on Friday.

During the interrogation, the driver of Route 402 from Bnei Brak to Jerusalem said the trunk of the bus wasn’t closing and he decided to pull over near the final stop and have all of the passengers exit the bus so he could take care of the problem.

The driver himself got off the bus as well in order to inspect the issue. Shortly thereafter, the bus began rolling forward, with the driver explaining that he had apparently accidentally hit an emergency mechanism........

© The Times of Israel


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