A tour bus crashed near Eilat on Tuesday, killing at least 25 Russian tour guides.
Dozens were injured Tuesday afternoon in the accident, one of the worst in Israel’s history, as the bus swerved off a narrow desert road and plunged into a ravine.
The driver said he lost control of the vehicle when an object fell on him while overtaking a nearby vehicle.
His remarks came after the driver of another tour bus said the vehicle sped by in a no-passing zone, crashed through a guard rail and rolled down the slope north of the Red Sea resort. Investigations revealed the driver had 22 violations on his license prior to this accident, and witnesses claimed the accident was due to a road rage incident which occured shortly before it.
At least 12 of the injured were in serious condition, according to the members of the ZAKA rescue service.
The victims had just arrived in Israel from S. Petersburg, Russia. Shliach to S. Petersburg, Chaim Shaul Brook has established an emergency phone line to assist the families.