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Three people were killed yesterday and 11 others were injured in two traffic accidents.

In the Jezreel Valley, two people were killed and 11 were injured when a semi-trailer truck rear-ended a jeep carrying residents of a shelter in the Haifa area.

A convoy of jeeps was taking residents of Inbalim on a day trip in the area, when the last two jeeps stopped to make a left turn on route 71, between Afula and the Nevot junction. The truck struck the last jeep from behind.

Emergency services evacuated the injured to Emek hospital in Afula. Two of the passengers died of their injuries in hospital.

Of the casualties, two are in serious condition, three are moderately injured, and six suffered light injuries.

"Once more it seems that the human factor played a role in the accident," Superintendent Ilan Edgar said yesterday. "The jeeps slowed down to make a legally permissible left turn. It seems that a lapse in concentration by the truck driver led to the accident."

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old driver was killed while trying to make a u-turn on route 652, close to Zichron Ya'akov. According to traffic police, the driver of a sedan was trying to turn when a semi-trailer struck the car from behind. The driver died in hospital later.

Police suspect both drivers were driving under the influence of alcohol.