2 dead, 5 injured in fatal road accident in South

Two cars collide near Tel Arad; investigators say one driver may have fallen asleep at wheel; foreign worker dies after tractor overturns.

May 14, 2011 09:28
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Magen David Adom ambulances 311. (photo credit: Reuters)

Two young men were killed and five people were injured in a road accident that took place Saturday morning between two vehicles near the Tel Arad intersection on Route 31 in the South.

MDA teams were called to the scene and took the injured, all in their 20s, to Soroka Hospital in Bearsheba. Those involved in the crash sustained varying injuries with one being critically wounded, another moderately injured and three lightly injured.

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Initial investigations revealed that one of the cars swerved from lane hit another car head-on in the opposite lane. Two passengers in one vehicle were killed, and five other passengers were injured. The investigators did not rule out the possibility that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, and they were examining the possibility that the accident was caused due to a technical failure in the car.

Overnight Friday, a foreign worker was killed when the tractor he was driving overturned on the road between Kibbutz Orim Kibbutz Ra'aim. Another worker who was with him was lightly injured.

On Thursday, four members of the same family were killed in a car accident which occurred when a car lost control, crashed into a bus, and split into two pieces on the Arava road.

The victims were identified as Solomon Schwartz, 66, his son Erez Schwartz, 36, his daughter-in-law Sarit Schwartz, 32 and their son Amit Schwartz, 4.

The accident occurred near Kibbutz Grofit, en route to Eilat.

The family's one-and-a-half year old baby girl was still fighting for her life at the hospital.

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