Train hits stolen truck near Netanya

Driver's swift response saved passenger's lives.

train 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
train 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A train crashed into a stolen pickup truck left on railway tracks near the Beit Yehoshua train station, south of Netanya, early on Wednesday.
One woman suffered shock during the incident and was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics.
The pickup truck was split in two and crushed in the collision, while the first car of the train derailed.
Police say thieves stole the vehicle shortly before the accident from the village of Udim, and attempted to flee the area but became stranded on the railway lines. The thieves then abandoned the truck.
The train driver, Arkadi Golod, told Channel 10 news he had identified the vehicle on the tracks before sunrise, and immediately activated the emergency brakes. His swift response is credited with saving passengers’ lives.