Three Kids Killed in West Bank Road Accident Weren't Wearing Seat Belts, Probe Finds

The three were riding in a truck being driven by the father of one of the victims, who slammed into a tractor that was driving without its lights on.

The three children who were killed late Wednesday in a road accident on a northern West Bank highway were not wearing seatbelts, a police investigation has found.

Three residents of Moshav Dotan, Idan Kipper, 9, Niv Nasab, 13, and Daniel Amram, 14, died when the truck being driven by Kipper's father slammed into a tractor on a highway leading to the West Bank settlements. The Palestinian driver of the tractor, Ata Mohammed Namrani, was also killed in the accident.

Road accident on highway in northern West Bank
Road accident on highway in northern West Bank, September 15, 2010Itzik Ben-Malki

Traffic investigators at the Judea and Samaria Police Department found that Namrani had not turned on the lights of his tractors as he drove down the road, just in front of Kipper's truck.

The three children were all sitting in the front seat, though the space has enough room for only two passengers. None of the three was wearing a seatbelt.

Kipper apparently did not see the tractor in front of him until it was too late, and did not succeed in swerving around him. Police are still investigating at what speed limit Kipper had been driving.

Shomron Regional Council chairman Gershon Mesika convened an urgent session on Thursday to demand that the police increase its enforcement of traffic laws with regard to Palestinian drivers on the West Bank highways.