Seven Soldiers Hurt, Two Seriously, in Vehicle Mishap

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria March 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo
Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border in 2014. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo)

Two IDF soldiers were still in serious condition Wednesday after their military vehicle accidentally struck a tractor Tuesday night, injuring seven soldiers. One wounded soldier was in moderate condition and four were injured lightly. Of the two seriously injured soldiers, one was still unconscious.

The incident occurred on the Golan Heights, near Mount Dov, during routine work undertaken by soldiers of the Engineering Corps. The soldiers were on their way back to base after a long day in the field when the military vehicle veered off the road for unknown reasons, striking the tractor.

Last month, two IDF soldiers were killed and three injured in another accident that occurred near the same site. The two soldiers, Shlomo Rindanao, a lone soldier, 20, whose family lives in New Jersey, and Hussam Tafash, 24, a resident of Beit Jann, were killed when a hand grenade that was being carried by one of the soldiers in his flak jacket exploded as the soldier was traveling in an army vehicle.