Scene of the accident
Scene of the accident MDA Spokesperson

Three people were killed and six others were injured in a car accident between a truck and several private vehicles on Route 3703, between Moshavim Azrikam and Beer Tuvia, that occurred on Tuesday afternoon.

The names of the three people who were killed were cleared for publication on Tuesday night: Tzipi Shimoni, a 40-year-old mother of ten from Moshav Sde Uziyahu, Matanya Ayubi from Moshav Even Shmuel, a 30-year-old father of three including a one-month-old baby, and Fantanez Uvenbech, a 40-year-old mother of eight from Kiryat Malachi.

One of the injured remains in serious condition at Assuta Hospital in Ashdod. Five other wounded, three women and two men, have been hospitalized in moderate condition.

An investigation of the accident revealed that the truck driver had exited a curve and collided with a vehicle that was stuck in a traffic jam. The second vehicle was forced onto the other side of the road due to the impact of the collision The truck driver then tried to stabilize his vehicle, veered into the opposite lane and overturned, crushed two cars beneath him.

MDA medics Uriel Assulin and Meir Avivi related: "This was a very serious car accident involving a truck that overturned and two vehicles that were trapped under it, another vehicle that was nearby and two other vehicles that were forced into the ditches at the sides of the road.

"We arrived with a large number of responders and immediately surveyed the scene in order to locate all the wounded and begin medical treatment. With the help of additional emergency forces, we extracted two injured people from one of the vehicles in a ditch. One was a woman in her 40s who was unconscious and after a medical examination we were forced to determine her death. The other was a 60-year-old man who was seriously injured - he was anesthetized and put on a respirator before being evacuated to Assuta Hospital in Ashdod. A man in his 30s was extracted from a vehicle that was trapped under the back of the truck. He was unconscious with no pulse and was not breathing, and after medical tests he was pronounced dead. Another person who was trapped in a private vehicle under the front of the truck was also found unconscious.

"The driver of the truck, a 27-year-old man who was fully conscious and lying on the road, was treated at the scene and then evacuated to hospital in a moderate and stable condition."