Two Men Killed While Crossing Highway 4

Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene of the accident, early Friday. (MDA)

In yet another road accident, two men were killed while trying to cross a busy highway to help victims of a car crash early Friday morning, as the death toll on Israel’s roads over the past several days continued to mount.

The two were attempting to walk across Highway 4 near Yad Mordechai in southern Israel when they were both struck by passing cars, according to police following an initial investigation.

They had been attempting to provide help after a crash between two other cars on the road.

The two, both middle aged-men, were declared dead at the scene.

“It was very dark out,” Magen David Adom paramedics said in a statement.

The drivers of the vehicles in the other crash, men aged 28 and 67, were taken to a nearby hospital with light-to-moderate injuries, MDA said.

In total, thirteen people died in road accidents in Israel in just three days, including the horrific attack in Yerushalayim, where Mrs. Shoshana Glustein and her two daughters were killed. Mrs. Glustein, her daughters and the two men killed overnight were all from Ofakim.

Hours earlier on Thursday, a 54-year-old woman and her seven-year-old niece from the Arab city of Qalansawe died when a car and a truck collided at the Be’erotayim Junction along Route 57 near Netanya.

That morning, a 40-year-old truck driver also died in a collision with another truck in Holon.

On Wednesday night, two people died in a car accident on Route 5 when a Palestinian driving a stolen car collided with another car being driven by an Israeli man.

Less than an hour after that, a 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving another motorcycle and a car near the northern Israeli town of Kafr Qara.

A December report from the National Road Safety Authority found that 2021 was the deadliest year on the road since 2017.

According to the report, there have been 213 traffic fatalities in Israel this year as of Thursday morning. In 2021, 361 people died in road accidents, including 113 cyclists, motorcyclists, and e-scooter riders, an increase of 11 percent compared to the previous three years.

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