A soldier from a long-time Israeli-American family in Efrat died early Wednesday morning when his tank overturned in a training drill in the Golan Heights. The victim was identified as 21-year-old Staff Sergeant Uriel Peretz Liwerant.
Liwerant was a tank commander and was taking part in a course for company and battalion commanders when the accident occurred. Three other soldiers suffered light wounds as a result of the incident, which is under investigation.
The IDF said that the Merkava tank ran into an anti-tank ditch while trying to cross a small bridge and rolled over on its side, apparently after deviating from its path and dropping several feet to the ground.
Commanders on the scene unsuccessfully tried to stop the tank after they noticed it had changed its path. The IDF suspended training pending the results of an initial probe.