train crash 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
A train engineer slammed the brakes just in time to avoid colliding with a truck
on Tuesday evening, at the same crossing near Kibbutz Gat where a trainminibus
collision last week killed seven members of the same family.
Channel 2, the truck driver was braking as he approached the barrier but didn’t
manage to stop in time. He broke through the barrier and only managed to stop
the truck when it was on the track.
An Israel Railways crossing guard was
able to warn the engineer about the truck in time.
The near-miss occurred
the day the driver of the van involved last week’s collision was released to
house arrest by the Kiryat Gat Magistrate’s Court.
Yashar Yeshurun was
given 180 days’ house arrest, which he will serve at his father-inlaw’s house in
Yeroham. A travel restriction was placed on his passport, and he had to pay NIS
Police had requested a fiveday extension of Yeshurun’s
remand, but presiding Judge Ayal Baumgart ruled that releasing him on house
arrest would not impair the ability of police to investigate the
Police said Saturday that Yeshurun is currently being
investigated for vehicular manslaughter. According to Channel 2, investigators
were at the crossing Tuesday continuing their probe when the near-miss
On Sunday, Yeshurun was brought to the scene of the accident by
police, where he reenacted how the collision took place. Yeshurun maintains that
he was speaking to one of the passengers and did not notice he was on the
railroad track until it was too late and he was stuck on the
Police suspect that Yeshurun was driving at a high speed and broke
through the safety barrier before the tracks.
The deadly crash killed
seven members of the Bernstein and Gottstein families from Beitar Illit,
lived close to Yeshurun in the West Bank settlement.
The victims include
Aryeh Bernstein, 43, his wife Rivka, 41, their children Mordechai, 9,
and Yohanan, 16, and their daughter Malki Gottstein, 21, who was
her son Mordechai, 1.
Yeshurun had 11 traffic violations over the last
eight years, which police described as not necessarily a high amount
time period. Yeshurun has also had a few arrests for property crimes and
disturbing the peace, the last of which was in 1998.
Jerusalem Post staff
contributed to this report.