TEL AVIV (Jun. 16)
Last week’s school bus-train crash claimed another life. Thirteen year-old Sharona Navara succumbed to injuries yesterday and was buried in Petach Tikva today, alongside the graves of her 19 classmates who perished when a Tel Aviv-to-Haifa passenger train slammed into their stalled bus on an unguarded railroad crossing about 12 miles south of Haifa last Tuesday.
The youngsters were all seventh-graders at the Brenner Junior High School in Petach Tikva, on an outing to a nature preserve. Three adults died with them — their teacher, a parent who volunteered to accompany the group and the bus driver, all of them women. The death toll now stands at 23.
Sharona, one of the 17 children who survived the crash, was on the critical list until she died. The Transport Ministry has set up a committee of inquiry to investigate the accident.