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Two dead, more than 40 injured after bus overturns on highway to Jerusalem

An Israeli bus overturned on Route 443 between Modiin and Jerusalem after an accident with a private vehicle, February 10, 2019
Police Spokesman

Two women were killed and more than 40 injured after a bus overturned near the Israeli settlement of Beit Horon in the West Bank on Sunday morning.

The Israeli Kavim bus was travelling along Route 443 -- a major roadway that connects the cities of Modiin and Jerusalem and traverses a portion of the West Bank -- when it was involved in an accident with a private vehicle near Beit Horon.

The deceased were later named as 29 year-old Rachel Gutman from Modi'in Illit and 27 year-old Ruhama Rosen from Jerusalem,

Injured passengers were evacuated from the scene of the crash to nearby hospitals in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, with most suffering light injuries.

Police said that among those injured were two in serious condition and four in moderate condition.

The highway was blocked in both directions as emergency medical teams, police rescue units and fire fighting teams responded to the crash.

The cause of the crash had yet to be determined, but reports said that the bus had swerved and hit the car as a result of wet roads. It then hit a safety rail and landed on its side.

Critically injured casualties were said to have been trapped in the wreckage, and rescue teams were working to turn the bus upright in order to free them.

This is a developing story.

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