(photo credit: Channel 10)
The names of the three victims of the fatal car accident near the Golani junction on Saturday were released for publication late Saturday night. The victims were identified as Mordechai and Mira Haddad from Safed, and their 18-year-old son, Ariel.
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Five people -including three members of the same family - were killed and at least ten seriously or critically injured in vehicle-related incidents nationwide over the holiday weekend.
On Saturday, Route 65 was the focal point for major collisions, as two collisions killed three people and seriously injured four others in the afternoon and evening. The busy northern road is one of Israel's most accident-prone, with numerous fatal accidents every year.
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Three members of the same family were killed and several others were injured in a multi-vehicle collision near Zalmon Junction, not far from Golani Junction. Police said that the collision occurred when a car pulled into the oncoming lane in order to pass a slower vehicle, and slammed into a car traveling in the opposite direction.
A third vehicle failed to break in time, and hit the two already disabled vehicles. The three family members, residents of the center of the country, were all traveling in the vehicle that was struck by the passing car.
In the early afternoon, at the opposite end of the east-west highway, a truck driving westbound near Hadera slammed in to a car traveling eastbound. The driver of the car, a woman in her thirties, was critically injured and the passenger was also seriously injured. The truck's driver, whom police suspect was driving while intoxicated and failed to stop for a red light, was lightly injured in the collision.
A day earlier, Negev-area rescue teams were forced to contend with two major collisions that occurred within minutes of each other on Route 25 Friday afternoon. Around 2 p.m., fire department rescue teams as well as police and MDA crews were first called to the scene of a collision between two trucks at Dimona Junction.
One person was trapped and had to be extracted from the wreckage after one truck rear-ended the other, blocking the major Negev artery. The victim was hospitalized at Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center in serious condition.
Less than an hour later, one woman was killed and five others injured in a crash between a car and a taxi at Segev Shalom Junction. In that collision as well, rescue teams were called in to extract a young woman from the wreckage, only to pronounce her dead at the scene.
Multiple MDA teams were required to treat the five additional victims, who were all taken to Soroka, where doctors struggled to save the life of a critically-injured victim. Another victim was listed in serious condition, and the three others were in good condition. Police said that the collision was caused when the car, which was turning on to the busy road frfom Segev Shalom, failed to yield right-of-way to the oncoming taxi.
In addition to the vehicle collisions, a 20-year-old soldier was killed and another three people critically or seriously injured after being hit by vehicles. Two of the victims were struck while crossing the street according to regulations in marked crosswalks.
Late Friday night, a 20-year-old IDF soldier was died after being struck by a car while crossing the street illegally at Sderot Hahagana in Haifa.
He was initially taken in moderate condition to the hospital, but he died of his injuries five hours later. Police said that the soldier had crossed in an unmarked area, and entered the street suddenly. The driver, a 30-year-old Haifa resident has been driving for the past 12 years with no previous traffic violations. He was questioned and released on bail while police continued their investigation into the incident.
Earlier Friday, two people - an elderly man and a young boy - were both hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by vehicles. The five-and-a-half-year-old boy was hit by a car in Nazareth Ilit when he tried to cross the street at a point not marked as a pedestrian crosswalk.
Not long after that incident, a man in his sixties was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk near the Acre train station when he was struck by a car that sped away before the driver could be identified. Police asked for the public's help in locating the driver or the vehicle, which eyewitnesses said was a dark blue Honda Civic.
A teenage girl was also struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the street in a marked crosswalk late Thursday night. The 16-year-old girl, who was hit near Kfar Yona, was taken in critical condition to Petah Tikvah's Beilinson Medical Center. The driver was detained by police at the scene.
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