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Three Soldiers Killed in Bus Accident, Another Victim in Crash Near Jerusalem

Road accidents continued to take a grisly toll of lives in Israel. There were four victims Wednesday.

Three were Israel Defense Force soldiers, who were killed early Wednesday morning when their chartered bus plunged off a culvert into a dry river bed in the Negev, south of Beersheba.

Another 56 soldiers were injured, three seriously, and the civilian bus driver was also hurt.

A fourth fatality occurred at noon Wednesday, when one man was killed and 13 people were injured in a three-way accident on the Jerusalem Tel Aviv highway.

Police said the smashup occurred when a minibus, a loaded truck and an Egged bus tried to pass each other at the dangerous Motza junction, where traffic signs forbid such maneuvers.

The ill-fated soldiers were traveling from military bases in the Negev to Beersheba to take the entrance examination for Officers Training School. The injured were rushed to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.