Disaster in Samaria: Archaeologist killed by a tunnel collapse.
(photo credit: SAMARIA REGIONAL COUNCIL)
A 46-year-old man was killed in an accident at an archaeological dig site between Homesh and Karnei Shomron in the West Bank on Thursday. He was later identified as Yuval Pelleg.
An initial investigation into the incident found that an Israeli and several Palestinian workers were digging at the entrance to a cave when rocks began falling down the mountain, trapping the man.
People on the scene succeeded in removing some of the rocks from on top of the man. A military medical crew attempted to resuscitate him while his lower half remained trapped under the rocks, but were forced to pronounce him dead on the scene.
Rescue workers originally feared additional people were trapped under the rocks, but eventually determined that everyone was accounted for.
The cave which the archaeologist was exploring was discovered during work to prepare the ground for a new road in the area.
Samaria District police were investigating the circumstances of the incident.