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A collision between two cars on Israel's treacherous Arava highway claimed the lives of four people - including three members of one family - Sunday morning.
Magen David Adom paramedics pronounced three victims - Chuck and Roberta Bernstein and their daughter Batsheva,18, - dead at the scene. The Bernsteins' son, Moshe,11, was injured in the crash and evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, where he was in intensive care.
The Bernsteins, who were reportedly on their way to Timna, made aliya from New York 21 years ago and lived in Jerusalem's Ramot B neighborhood.
Roberta, a social worker by profession, was active in the Victims of Arab Terror Organization. "They were beloved by all," a member of the Mitzpe Ramot congregation told the Jerusalem Post. "Roberta was always the first to do a mitzvah, to help anybody in the community. Chuck was a very hard-working member of the congregation."
Batsheva was active as a guide in her local religious scouts troop.
The Bernsteins' older daughter, Ofra, 19.5, currently serving in the IDF, was not with her family at the time of the accident. She was summoned from her base to identify her parents' and sister's bodies.
Members of the Bernsteins' congregation made their way to the South to support Moshe and Ofra, and counselors from the younger children's schools were called in.
The Bernsteins have no immediate family in Israel. Chuck, Roberta, and Batsheva are expected to be laid to rest on Monday.
A fourth accident victim, who had been in the second car, died on the operating table at Josephthal Hospital in Eilat of injuries to her abdomen. A hospital official said she arrived in "extremely critical" condition.
The accident occurred some four kilometers north of Kibbutz Ketura. An initial investigation indicated that one of the cars veered from its lane, hitting an oncoming vehicle head-on.
In another accident, a truck carrying chlorine overturned Sunday afternoon on Highway 90 near Jericho, Judea Samaria Police reported.
Magen David Adom paramedics were scrambled to the scene and evacuated the driver, who was lightly hurt, to a Jerusalem hospital. A hazardous materials disposal squad was also called in.