8 Palestinian Children Die In West Bank Bus Crash

Published February 16, 2012 11:00AM (EST)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say at least eight Palestinian schoolchildren died in a bus crash in the West Bank.

The children were killed when a truck careened into their schoolbus on Thursday morning. The bus overturned and caught fire.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the children were taken to Israeli and Palestinian hospitals and that at least eight died. Palestinian police say the death toll was 10.

There were no signs of foul play. The truck driver was said to be an Arab Israeli citizen who may have lost control in heavy rains and slick roads.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared three days of mourning and ordered flags flown at half staff. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed sorrow.

By Salon Staff

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