Three killed in Fureidis crash

Truck driver arrested on suspicion of being under the influence.

August 4, 2016 00:32
car crash

THE TRUCK which was involved in a fatal crash late Sunday night.. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

A heavy truck struck a family car late Sunday night near the Fureidis junction, killing two women, Olga Ashkar, 38, and Angelique Naim, 32, and the latter’s two-year-old daughter, Chloe Naim. Police said it appears the truck driver ran a red light.

Truck driver Kamal Diab, 62, from Haifa, is also suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. According to police, Diab attempted to flee the scene after the crash.

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Under questioning from police, Diab stated that a technical failure caused his vehicle to continue traveling some 300 meters past the scene of the crash. Diab also accused the driver of the car of running the light.

The truck was heading north on Route 4 when the car, which was traveling west on Route 70, at an intersection near the town of Fureidis, near Haifa.

Olga Ashkar was pronounced dead at the scene, while Angelique Naim and her daughter, Chloe, were evacuated to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in critical condition and later died. The women’s husbands were also injured in the crash, one critically and one moderately.

At police request, the Hadera Magistrate’s Court remanded Diab in custody until Friday.

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