Construction Accident Grinds Several Train Lines to Halt in Israel

Technicians are at the scene to repair the damage to the electrical cables, which caused the total shutdown of some stations in southern and central Israel

Omer Carmon
Omer Carmon
FILE: An Israel Railways station in Tel Aviv.
FILE: An Israel Railways station in Tel Aviv.Credit: Guy Raivitz
Omer Carmon
Omer Carmon

Construction equipment struck train communications cables in the city of Lod on Sunday, causing delays, cancellations and station shutdowns across Israel's central and southern districts.

Stations were shut in Netivot, Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Yavneh East, Rehovot, Be’er Yaakov and Lod after the accident, which was caused by equipment owned by an Israel Railways subcontractor. Israel Railways announced that its technicians were on the scene and working to make the necessary repairs.

Some 100 trains pass through Lod in a given 24-hour period, a figure which will double in a few years due to the addition of four more lines: two between Lod and Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport, and another two between Lod and the village of Kfar Chabad.

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