(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A train struck and killed two people who were attempting to dislodge their
all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from railroad tracks between Hadera and Emek Hefer on
Police said an ATV carrying a 28-year-old man and his 55-year-old
father-in-law became stranded on the tracks.
As they attempted to break
free, a north-bound train struck the vehicle, killing the men immediately.
According to police reports, the train slammed on its emergency breaks and
skidded for 750 meters before slamming into the ATV.
Magen David Adom
paramedics who were mobilized to the scene of the accident said what they saw
was difficult to bear.
Police believe that a second ATV accompanying the
first vehicle managed to cross the tracks successfully.
The deadly crash
led to a cancellation of trains on Monday evening on the main Haifa to Tel Aviv
line, a central artery for train traffic.
The Israel Police has in recent
years attempted to clamp down on illegal and dangerous use of ATVs. Traffic
police have used helicopter units to track down ATV drivers doing dangerous