Camel Carnage: 60 year old killed in collision

Woman motorist dies after hitting camels left wandering along the highway; owners could face legal action.

Eliana Royzen,

Herd of camels
Herd of camels
Yaniv Nadav/Flash90

A fatal road accident claimed the life of a 60 year old woman in southern Israel Sunday night. The female driver was killed instantly when her vehicle collided with three camels.

MDA paramedics stated that they arrived on the scene to find the vehicle crushed, with the female driver pinned inside and showing no vital signs. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was declared dead at the scene.

The camels had been wandering unattended and disrupting traffic prior to the accident. Police are currently searching for the camel owners, who could potentially be found liable for the incident.

Earlier this year, the Knesset proposed legislation to avoid accidents caused by roaming camels on southern roads and highways. One suggestion was GPS for camels, whereby camels would be tracked electronically and their owners alerted if they came within a specific distance of a paved road. The Knesset is also pushing forward enforceable sanctions for owners of camels responsible for traffic accidents, with possible financial and criminal repercussions.


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