Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Police and rescue personnel at the scene the bus accident in Jerusalem, August 11, 2022.

Shoshana Glostein, a resident of Ofakim in her 30s, and her daughters Chaya-Sara, 7, and Hana, 2, were killed Thursday night when they were hit by the 402 Egged bus that went out of control and crashed into a store on Shamgar Street in Jerusalem.

The mother and her daughters were in the capital on a family fun day. The father of the family and another son were in the nearby mall at the time of the accident. The father’s brother, an MDA medic who was also with the family, took care of the wounded after the accident.

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The commander of the Zion Police Precinct, Deputy Superintendent Kobi Yaacovi, said that a preliminary investigation revealed the driver dropped off his passengers on Shamgar Street after detecting a technical problem with the bus, and while he was on the street dealing with the problem, the bus rolled away.

According to reports, the street was packed with pre-Shabbat shoppers, and the bus plowed through them.

The authorities emphasized that the driver was Jewish and the event was not a terrorist attack.

Paramedics provided medical treatment to the victims, while police were searching for more victims.

United Hatzalah Spokesperson Raphael Poch said, “This is the second such accident in the neighborhood this week. In this case, a bus crashed into a storefront. Due to the nature of the incident, the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit has been dispatched and is active at the scene providing emotional and psychological stabilization to witnesses.”

On Wednesday, just before midnight, another bus driver lost control in the neighborhood of Romema and dragged a pedestrian for hundreds of yards until it hit a building under construction. The pedestrian, a Haredi man in his 70s, was killed.

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