Mother and Three Kids Killed in Car Crash

83 people are killed on Highway 784 every year, according to a road safety group.

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A Magen David Adom ambulance.
A Magen David Adom ambulance.Credit: Hagai Frid

A young mother, her two infants and a nephew, all from Nazareth, were killed in a road accident on Thursday when their car collided with a bus. Eight passengers on the bus were lightly injured.

The dead are Rajed Saleh, 24, her 2-year-old daughter, Jazal Saleh, her 3-year-old-son, Ibrahim Saleh, and her 14-year-old nephew, Muatez Sualha.

The accident occurred on Highway 784, between Kafr Manda and Kibbutz Hannaton, near the Movil intersection in the Lower Galilee. Following the accident, the road was blocked and drivers were re-directed. It is thought that the Saleh's car crossed the median and hit the bus head-on.

Paramedic Eyal Helfman was the first to arrive on the scene, with an emergency-response team. He says he encountered a terrible sight of the mother and children trapped in the car. “I started treating the casualties, but there was nothing that could be done, and they were declared dead,” he said.

Nonprofit road-safety organization Or Yarok ("Green Light") said that an average of 83 people are injured on Highway 784 every year, in 28 accidents. In the past decade, 15 people have been killed in accidents on the 16-mile stretch of highway linking the Movil intersection and Karmiel. Cameras were installed in its central section, between Kafr Manda and Moreshet.

“If there were a barrier along the median, head-on collisions would be prevented, and this tragedy could have been avoided,” said Or Yarok’s director, Shmuel Abuav.

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