Salem Abu Ganem, a truck driver who was involved in a collision that killed eight women on a bus in February, was indicted on Sunday on a charge of negligent homicide.
The trucking company’s officials were charged with the same crime.
In addition to the fatalities, some 28 people were injured after a tractor being transported on a truck driven by Abu Ganem hit a bus carrying Bedouin women on Route 31, near Lehavim junction, in the northern Negev.
The bus was returning the women from a prayer trip to the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem when the accident occurred.
Southern district prosecutors said that the transportation of a tractor and surface scraping equipment on a flatbed semitrailer was not carried out properly for such a wide, heavy load.
Along with driver Salem Abu Ganem, the trucking company, Oz Masa, and its director, deputy director, and safety officer were all also charged with causing death by negligence.
A key accusation against the driver was that he was traveling 83 kilometers per hour (52 mph), some 23 km/h (14 mph) faster than the speed limit he was supposed to have kept to, Channel 2 reported.
The company was also accused of failing to take other safety measures, such as properly marking the load with indicators for the benefit of approaching drivers.
Ganem had over 100 previous traffic violations.
At the time, local politicians and relatives of victims said that the accident, on a notorious stretch of road in Israel’s south, could have been prevented had the government not ignored warnings about the road’s conditions.
On average, 10 people are killed every year in traffic accidents on Route 31.
The victims of the crash were all from the Bedouin town of Hura, which declared a day of mourning after the accident in memory of Fatima Abu Alkian, Manwa Abu Alkian, Kafiya el-Usiwa, Issra el-Nabari, Hadra a-Lasid, Noura el-Atrash, Zana Abu Trech, and Naama Abu Shachta.