Bus flipped by tractor in Jerusalem terror attack.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Two Thai farm workers were killed and several others injured Tuesday morning, when a truck rear-ended a tractor near Moshav Hatzav in central Israel.
The two victims, in their 30s, were riding on the tractor on Route 40 and were thrown from the vehicle in the collision.
Magen David Adom paramedic Shmulik Hartman said paramedics provided first aid to eight people injured in the accident, including one man who was unconscious with injuries across his entire body. He was admitted to hospital in critical condition.
The deadly accident brought the country’s traffic death toll to seven over the past 24 hours, out of a total of 14 killed in the past week.
On Tuesday, Traffic Police head Asst.-Ch. Yaron Be’eri said: “the time has come to look at fatal traffic accidents like terrorist attacks on the road,” adding that “we need to ask ourselves how the country would respond if 14 citizens were killed in other circumstances.”
The Traffic Ordinance of 1961, which has been updated and amended since, forbids tractors from traveling on highways.
Route 40 is the second longest intercity, high-speed road in Israel.
While prohibited from traveling on highways, tractors are permitted to operate on urban roads at a maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour, according to the ordinance.
The Farmers Federation of Israel stressed that its members are “working on all levels in order to ensure the safety of employees in the industry and conduct training sessions for farmers accordingly.”
“We can only study the details of the case and send condolences and wishes for a speedy recovery to all those involved in the accident,” a statement from the organization said.