Truck Driver Killed in Crash With Train

A truck driver was killed yesterday morning in a collision with a train close to Kfar Menachem.

The driver of the train was seriously hurt in the accident and was taken by helicopter to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, for treatment.

The collision took place when the truck driver, who was traveling along the segment of the Trans-Israel Highway that is under construction in the area, tried to cross the Kibbutz Na'an-Kiryat Gat railway line.

It appears he failed to heed a stop sign and did not notice the approaching train.

Also, a 22-year-old resident of Ma'aleh Shomron, Eli Pnini, was killed in the early hours of yesterday morning when his car overturned on Road 5, killing him instantly.

A preliminary investigation reveals that the driver lost control of his vehicle, after apparently falling asleep at the wheel, and crashed into a sign at the side of the road.

Meanwhile, Israel Railways has set up a committee of inquiry to investigate the circumstances of a side-on collision last week between two passenger trains near the Na'an Junction. One of the trains was carrying passengers, while the other was empty.

Israel Railways officials say the warning and safety mechanisms on the trains themselves and along the track prevented a more serious accident, noting that the collision had been relatively light and had caused no injuries and only minor damage to the trains.

The collision occured last Tuesday at 9:30 P.M. and involved a train traveling from Beit Shemesh to Lod and another traveling from Be'er Sheva to Tel Aviv.

It appears the driver of the Beit Shemesh-Lod train was warned not to join the line due to the presence of the Be'er Sheva-Tel Aviv train on it, but erred in his actions.

The committee of inquiry is expected to submit its final findings this week.