Fourteen camels were killed near the Negev town of Segev Shalom after being struck by an oncoming train. No passengers were injured in the collision.
The camels were apparently loitering unsupervised on the train tracks in a poorly-lit area. Following the crash Tuesday night, the train driver stopped at the nearest station for inspection and alerted the police. The train continued on to Beersheba shortly after.
The police were working with local veterinarians to track down the camel owners.
“Animals roaming on the train tracks are often hit by passing trains,” an Israel Railways spokesperson told the Ynet news outlet. “The braking distance of the train is about 800 meters and the driver has no option to stop the train before impact.”
Last April, a train struck a cow herd in an area north of Beersheba, killing fifteen cows on impact.