Soldier run over, killed by IDF jeep

Lugasi will be laid to rest in Dimona; six soldiers, one Palestinian injured.

soldiers enter jeep 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
soldiers enter jeep 298.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
An IDF soldier was killed, six soldiers were lightly injured, and a Palestinian motorist was seriously injured in a traffic accident between two IDF vehicles and a Palestinian truck on Monday night between Yitzhar and Kedumim, outside of Nablus in the West Bank. Staff Sergeant Elian Lugasi, 20, from Dimona will be laid to rest at 6 p.m. in the military cemetery in his hometown.
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An IDF vehicle stopped near the truck and soldiers got out to inspect it. For reasons that remain unclear, a second IDF vehicle that arrived on the scene crashed into the soldiers and the Palestinian truck. Lugasi was standing outside the truck when he was hit. Security officials said the injured soldiers were treated at the scene and were then taken to hospital in Israel, while the Palestinian was taken by the Red Crescent Ambulance service to hospital in Nablus. OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh appointed Colonel Yochai Ben-Yishai to investigate the circumstances of the accident, in addition to a military police investigation that has also been launched.