Truck smashes into crowded gas station near Jerusalem

Six lightly injured as vehicle knocks into cars and pumps in apparent accident; Paz station on Route 1 shut for repairs

A delivery truck crashed into a crowded gas station on the main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, plowing into cars and pumps but leaving only a few lightly hurt Saturday.

Amid smashed cars and gas pumps ripped from their place, emergency crews were surprised to find just six people with light injuries at the Paz station at the Sha’ar Hagai interchange of Route 1, Channel 2 reported.

The wounded were all taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

The driver of the truck was detained by police. An initial assessment by police said the driver “appears to have lost control” of the vehicle.

The station was temporarily closed for repairs. Firefighters have disconnected the gas lines to the pumps and isolated the site from the electric grid.

Traffic police officials have launched a safety inquiry at the scene to ascertain if the infrastructure at the station, which lies at the end of a short ramp off a fast-moving downhill highway, requires safety upgrades.

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