Six Palestinians Killed in Head-on Collision Near Dead Sea

Yotam Berger
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Site of the crash on Highway 90, November 4, 2018
Site of the crash on Highway 90, November 4, 2018Credit: Fire Department Spokesperson's Unit
Yotam Berger
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Six Palestinians were killed Sunday in a traffic accident on Highway 90, near Nablus, when a truck collided with a passenger shuttle at Petsa'el Junction.

The six killed, apparently construction workers in their 30s, were trapped in the vehicle and extracted by fire department teams after they were already dead.

Four others were injured and rescued from the mangled vehicle by emergency services, and were taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer via helicopter. Two of the injured are said to be injured in serious condition, while the other two were said to be moderately injured. 

Police forces detained the truck driver for questioning upon arrival at the scene.

Security camera footage shows the truck swerving into the opposite lane while making a turn, at which point the passenger shuttle diverts from its lane and forcefully crashes into the truck.

Fire inspector Ofir Levy, who arrived at the scene, said: "Right when we arrived, we identified a difficult and complex scene, with a number of people trapped in the passenger shuttle."

Dennis Polakov, a paramedic with Magen David Adom emergency responders, said that he saw eight passengers were trapped in the shuttle while with two others laying on the road with severe injuries to their torsos.

Six of those extracted from the vehicle were unconscious and suffered critical systemic injuries. Polakov said they were proclaimed dead at the scene following medical examination. "The truck driver, who paced around the scene, was examined and did not need to be evacuated to a hospital," he said.

Last week, eight people were killed in a car crash near the Dead Sea, also on Highway 90. The victims were a family, two parents and their six children, from the West Bank settlement of Psagot.

The crash also injured three people from the other vehicle, a 12 year-old girl and her parents, aged 50 and 52.

The Be'er Sheva Magistrate's Court extended on Wednesday the remand of the driver suspected of killing the family of eight in the crash. According to the police, the driver is suspected of having driven under the influence of drugs

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