Eight Killed, Including Three Children, After Traffic Accident Near Dead Sea

Police said the accident was apparently a head-on collision between an off-road vehicle and a car, which started a fire in the vehicle carrying the victims

The scene of the accident on Route 90, October 30, 2018.
Israel Fire and Rescue Services

Eight people in Israel, including at least three children, were killed Tuesday in a traffic accident near the Dead Sea. The victims were a family, two parents and their six children, from the West Bank settlement of Psagot.

The crash on Highway 90 also injured three people, a 12 year-old girl and her parents, aged 50 and 52. They were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.

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The scene of the accident on Route 90, October 30, 2018.
Magen David Adom

Police said the accident was apparently a head-on collision between an off-road vehicle and a car, which started a fire in the vehicle the victims were in. Police have begun an investigation into the incident.

Magen David Adom emergency responders that arrived at the scene said firefighters put out the fire and found that those inside were already dead.

According a paramedic on site, the driver of the off-road vehicle could be heard shouting, "I killed them, I killed them."

The scene of a deadly car crash on Israel's Highway 90 on October 30, 2018.
Israel Fire and Rescue Services

The driver told the police who accompanied him to the hospital, "I know I killed five people. I will never drive again... How am I supposed to live with what I have done?" 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the accident on Twitter: "The heart breaks in light of the horrendous tragedy that claimed the lives of an entire family today. As many of Israel's citizens are spending today's vacation day traveling around the country, I ask you all to do everything you can to ensure your safe return home."

The area of Highway 90 in which the crash took place has two lanes, with one lane in each direction and no median barrier.

Less than two weeks ago, three members of a family including a 10-month-old infant were killed on the same highway in an accident involving a bus and a private vehicle. Police have been investigating the possibility that the crash resulted from a failure of the bus's steering system.

According to the Or Yarok Association for Safer Driving in Israel, some 1,350 traffic accidents have occurred on Highway 90 in the past decade, which have killed 120 people. Over 4,000 were wounded, including 374 who were seriously wounded.