6 Israelis killed in traffic accident outside Haifa

First report: Truck driver loses control of vehicle, crashes into 8 cars & pedestrians.

Emergency crews treating wounded at scene with at least 10 people reported injured.

At least six people were killed and a dozen were injured – two of them critically – in a multi-vehicle accident on the outskirts of the northern Israeli city of Haifa on Wednesday afternoon.

The scene of the accident in Haifa, April 10, 2013.

The scene of the accident in Haifa, April 10, 2013. Photo by ZAKA



Police say that they are not ruling out any possibilty in their investigation of the accident, including the possibility that it was a terrorist attack.

There have been several incidents in the past when Palestinian terrorists have deliberately driven into crowds of soldiers, pedestrians or people waiting at bus stops.

According to initial reports, the accident involved a truck and several private vehicles. Eyewitnesses told Channel 2 News that driver of the truck lost control and slammed into cars and pedestrians.

A spokesman for the Magen David Adom ambulance service said that one of the vehicles involved in the accident burst into flames.

Ambulances and emergency crews rushed to the scene of the accident. The injured are being evacuated to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

This is a developing story.

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