2 Killed, 3 Seriously Wounded After Road Accidents in Israel, West Bank

One fatal accident occurs on Route 232 after car and truck collide; local residents have been protesting trucks’ presence on Gaza Strip-bound road.

Crash on Route 232, near Kibbutz Be’eri in southern Israel, leaves woman of 60 dead and man in his 60s seriously wounded.
Crash on Route 232, near Kibbutz Be’eri in southern Israel, leaves woman of 60 dead and man in his 60s seriously wounded.Credit: MDA

Two women were killed and three people seriously injured in four separate road accidents in Israel and the West Bank on Sunday.

The first fatal accident occurred at about 1 A.M. near the West Bank settlement of Betar Ilit. The three-car collision on the Husan bypass killed a 65-year-old woman, who was trapped inside her car, and moderately injured two others – a woman of about 60 and a 19-year-old man. Both were taken to hospitals in Jerusalem.

The second fatal accident occurred at about 9 A.M. Sunday on Route 232, near Kibbutz Be’eri in southern Israel, when a truck collided with a car. A woman of about 60 was killed, and a man in his sixties was hospitalized with mild injuries. The truck driver, a man in his thirties, wasn’t hurt. Police are investigating the accident.

“I saw a crushed car in a field near the shoulder of the road and a truck standing on the road some distance away,” said a medic with the Magen David Adom rescue service. “Inside the car was a woman of about 60, unconscious, not breathing and with no pulse. We tried to give her medical treatment, but we soon had to declare her dead because of her severe injuries.”

Route 232 is known for heavy truck traffic, since it is used by vehicles transporting goods to the Gaza Strip. This month, in response to residents’ protests, the Transportation and Road Safety Ministry decided to ban heavy vehicles from using the road during peak hours. That decision in turn upset both truckers and farmers.

Three-car collision near West Bank settlement of Betar Ilit leaves 65-year-old dead, and left woman of 60 and 19-year-old wounded. Credit: Judea and Samaria Rescue Services

Not long after the accident occurred in the south, a 23-year-old woman was seriously injured when her car overturned following a collision in the northern Jordan Valley, between the West Bank settlements of Rotem and Maskiot. She was evacuated by helicopter to Haemek Hospital, Afula, with head and stomach injuries.

The driver of the car, a pregnant woman of about 30, suffered only minor injuries.

A paramedic who treated the injured at the scene said both cars went into the ditch beside the road after the collision, but none of the six people in the second car needed to be hospitalized. Two of them suffered minor injuries.

Finally, seven more people were injured when two cars collided at the Soreq junction on Sunday night. Two people were seriously injured and one was moderately injured, while the rest suffered mild injuries.

One of the seriously injured, a 25-year-old man, was evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Medical Center, Be’er Sheva. Four others were taken to Kaplan Hospital, Rehovot, and the rest were treated on the scene by Magen David Adom medics.

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