Pregnant Mom, Two Young Daughters Lost Their Lives In Tragic Jerusalem Accident

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In the unfathomable tragedy which occurred Thursday night in Jerusalem, three members of one family from Ofakim lost their lives after a bus rolled down an incline and slammed into them in full view of other stunned members of their family. The driver of the intercity 402 bus had let off passengers and then apparently lost control of the bus, which careened into a bus stop.

Security camera footage shows the bus (green) slamming into the bus stop near the Rav Shefa mall in Shamgar Street

The victims were identified as 40-year-old Shoshana Glustein, who was in an advanced stage of pregnancy, as well as her 7-year-old daughter Chaya Sarah and her 2-year-old daughter Chana. The three were prominent members of the chareidi community in Ofakim.

A young woman in her 20s from Rechasim was seriously injured in the accident and underwent multiple surgeries at Shaarei Tzedek hospital. A woman and two other children were moderately injured.

In an unrelated accident which also occurred Thursday night, two bus drivers from Ofakim, Yoav Chadri and Chanoch Talker, were also killed in a road accident after they crossed the road to help another person injured in a road accident and were run over by a passing car. In all, five people from Ofakim were killed in one night of tragic road accidents.

Older members of the Ofakim chareidi community were reminded again of the horrific accident 21 years ago which took the lives of their rabbi, Rabbi Shimshon Pinkus z’l and his wife and daughter.

Shoshana Glustein was born in 1982 to the Ehrenfreund family from Ofakim. Her father Rabbi Yaakov Alexander Ehrenfreund served as the head of a Mesivta and established yeshivos Bein Hazmanim around Israel, while her mother Esther is the principal of the Beis Yaakov school in Beersheva.

Glustein studied in the local education institutions and later in a Jerusalem seminar. She married Rabbi Dov Glustein, the son of Rabbi Nosson Glustein who is the son-in-law of Rabbi Beinish Finkel Zts’l. She helped her husband, who serves as the head of kollel Nachalas Moshe which includes special streams for every individual scholar to study. She served as an educationa coordinator at the seminar of Rabbi Lieberman in Ofakim.

After the bodies were identified they were released for burial and the levaya will take place on Friday at 11:30 from Shamgar burial home to Har Hamenuchos.

May the family be comforted and may the memories of Shoshana and her daughters be blessed.


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