Three Killed in Negev Chain Collision

Sandstorm, poor visibility may have caused accident and delayed rescue.

Three people were killed and six injured in a chain collision yesterday on Route 211 in the Ramat Negev region, not far from the Egyptian border.

Police believe yesterday afternoon's sandstorms in the region contributed to the accident by reducing visibility. At least seven vehicles were involved.

Negev accident - Hershkowitz - 19.4.12
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The dead were identified last night as Eliyahu Dadon, 22, of Be'er Sheva, Juliat Mohammad, 29, of Rahat, and Trabin Sabr, 33 of Rahat.

From the initial investigation by police, who themselves had difficulty reaching the scene because of the heavy sandstorms, it appears that the truck and the bus rammed into one another after one of them slowed down due to the low visibility.

Passengers from both vehicles got out and were on the road inspecting the damage when a passing light truck hit several of them, immediately after which a large truck rammed into the smaller vehicle, and two passenger cars hit the other vehicles. The driver of a third truck managed to brake before he hit the mass of vehicles but his truck overturned.

The injured were transferred to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, some by helicopter.

In another accident yesterday, a 37-year-old man was killed and another man was injured when the all-terrain vehicle they were in flipped over near Kfar Yehezkel in the Jezreel Valley.

On Tuesday, a 60-year-old woman was killed and three other people were moderately to seriously injured in an accident near the Ganot junction.

Police say the accident occurred when a bus driver, whose bus was empty, lost control and swerved into the adjacent lanes, hitting cars that were next to him. Firefighters had to work for some time to extract the injured from the wreckage.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.