Four dead, dozens injured after bus and truck collide

Rescue services say some 35 hurt in accident between No. 377 Metropolin bus and garbage truck on Route 6

Police and rescue personnel seen at the site of an accident that left four people dead and dozens injured after a bus and a garbage truck collided on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Police and rescue personnel seen at the site of an accident that left four people dead and dozens injured after a bus and a garbage truck collided on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

(Times of Israel) – Aug 4, 2013  –  Four people were killed and dozens more injured when a bus and a truck collided on a major highway near central Israel Sunday.

Rescue services said some 35 people were hurt, three critically, in the accident on Route 6 near the Sorek interchange outside Gedera.

The Metropolin No. 377 bus was traveling from Rishon Lezion to Beersheba. Pictures from the scene showed a garbage truck on its side near the bus.

An initial investigation indicated that the bus hit the truck, which was standing on the right shoulder of the road, causing both vehicles to overturn.

The accident occurred on the southbound lane of the Trans-Israel Highway. Traffic on the southbound side of the highway, a major north-south artery, was shut down.

Several ambulances and helicopters responded to the scene. Magen David Adom head Eli Bean said rescue services had a difficult time responding to the scene because of the traffic jam formed behind the accident. Officials requested that drivers find alternative routes.

The injured were taken to area hospitals.

The cause of the accident, which occurred just after 1 p.m., was not immediately clear.

Last week two people were killed and five injured in a collision between a truck and a commercial vehicle in the north of the country.

A garbage truck lies on its side after a lethal collision with a bus on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

A garbage truck lies on its side after a lethal collision with a bus on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Rescue services at the scene of a lethal collision between a bus and a garbage truck on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Rescue services at the scene of a lethal collision between a bus and a garbage truck on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)