Photo: Hassan Shaalan
Deir al-Asad funeral
Photo: Hassan Shaalan
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Scene of accident
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Nesher accident victims laid to rest

Funerals of six who died as result of crash take place in Iksal, Deir al-Asad; remand of injured truck driver extended

Thousands attended the Thursday funerals of two Iksal residents and four Deir al-Asad residents who were killed Wednesday in a traffic accident in Nesher.


The funeral of Riad Drausha, 45 and his nephew Ahmed Drausha, 17 from the village of Iksal was held at the village Thursday, followed by the funeral of Dahash Amoun, 17, Raad Omar, 40, Karim Dabach, 18 and his cousin Abed Dabach, 18, all from the village of Deir al-Asad.


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Nesher Mayor David Amar attended the funeral in Deir al-Asad and said: "I have a very bad feeling about everything that happened. I remain speechless in the face of this shocking and horrible event."

אלפים בהלוויית ההרוגים מדיר אל-אסד, הערב (צילום: חסן שעלאן)

Deir al-Asad funeral (Photo: Hassan Shaalan)


Mohamed Dabach, a relative of two of the victims, noted: "Unfortunately, increasing awareness to the issue of traffic accidents isn’t helping. People continue to be reckless."


The Haifa Magistrate's Court remanded by an additional week the truck driver who was involved in the accident.


The police ascribed the driver with manslaughter. The driver was not present in the court proceedings since he is still hospitalized for injuries he suffered in the accident.

(צילום: חגי אהרון)

The accident (Photo: Hagai Aharon)


According to Dr. Amnon Rofe, CEO of the Bnai Zion Medical Center, the driver, who sustained moderate injuries, is expected to stay at the hospital for a few more days. Police is guarding his hospital room.


Rofe added that the hospital was treating three other people who sustained injuries in the accident.


The truck was traveling Wednesday down the Moshe Road in Nesher and hit eight vehicles that were waiting at a traffic light. According to police investigation, the accident was caused by a malfunction in the truck's brakes.


Nine of the injured were admitted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. "As soon as I heard about the deaths, I was speechless," one of the injured said, adding that "It'd be best if we wait until the driver is released from the hospital, so we can hear what he has to say and understand what happened."


A day of mourning was announced at both Iksal and Deir al-Asad.


Raanan Ben-Zur contributed to this report



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