Car Accidents Leave 35 Dead in 3 Years

Many of the accidents on Route 31 are due to bad lighting and dangerous road exits according to CEO of Or Yarok.

Orli Harari, Cynthia Blank ,

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In the past three years, more than 35 people were killed in accidents on Route 31 in the South of Israel. 

Shmuel Aboav, Executive Director of Or Yarok - an association for safe driving in Israel - stated that there are no lights in many parts of the road, and that entrances and exits to communities directly off the road, are unregulated and dangerous. 

Another fatal accident occurred Saturday night on Route 31 at Hatrurim junction, between Arad and the Dead Sea, killing two people - the 45-year-old driver and his 4-year-old daughter. The victim's wife and other daughter were seriously injured. The driver of the other vehicle, aged 40, was badly injured.

Map: X - approximate site of crash; label - Arad. Google Maps/Annotations from A7 staff

The injured were taken by two helicopters to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. The hospital reported that the driver of the other vehicle suffered from multiple injuries. The woman came to the hospital in critical condition, and is on a respirator. The 4-year-old daughter, who was transferred to the operating room in a very serious condition, died of her injuries. The other daughter, aged 7, is sedated and suffering from injuries to her lower limbs. She is in moderate to serious condition. 

The initial investigation by police showed that a serious accident occurred after the other driver tried to overtake a bus. It is believed that the family car was traveling from south to north, on their way back home to the center of the country after a vacation in the South. The father's attempt to move away from that other car, driving in the opposite direction, did not work, and the two vehicles collided with great force. 

Sunday morning saw two more accidents across Israel. A 25-year-old old cyclist was moderately wounded after being hit by a vehicle on Freud Road in Haifa. Magen David Adom (MDA) teams gave her emergency care and took her to the city's Rambam hospital. She is suffering from bruises all over her body. 

A 40-year old bus driver was moderately wounded after a bus overturned at the entrance to the Lotem Kibbutz in the Lower Galilee. MDA teams treated him and took him to Ziv Hospital in Tzfat (Safed).