Soldier hurt in car accident, the army’s third in a month
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Soldier hurt in car accident, the army’s third in a month

IDF truck overturns along highway in southern Israel, injuring the driver; in recent weeks, 3 servicemen have been killed in crashes

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative. The wreckage of a car crash on Israel's Route 60 highway on October 27, 2015. (Magen David Adom)
Illustrative. The wreckage of a car crash on Israel's Route 60 highway on October 27, 2015. (Magen David Adom)

A soldier was lightly wounded in a car accident on a highway in southern Israel on Thursday, the army said.

He was taken to the Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat for treatment.

While the soldier suffered only light injuries, there was extensive damage to the army truck, which overturned and ended up in a ditch on the side of the highway.

The army said the crash would be investigated.

It was the third major car accident involving military vehicles in the past month and the second to take place on a highway in southern Israel.

Cpt. Binyamin Rosenbloim, 23, from Arad, who served in the the army's desert reconnaissance unit died in a car crash in southern Israel on July 17, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Cpt. Binyamin Rosenbloim, 23, from Arad, who served in the the army’s desert reconnaissance unit died in a car crash in southern Israel on July 17, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)

On July 17, an IDF officer, Cpt. Binyamin Rosenbloim from Arad, was killed when his car collided with a bus in the Eshkol region, near the Gaza Strip, the army said.

The bus driver was moderately wounded and a passenger was lightly injured, according to medical officials.

That crash came four days after another, in which two soldiers were killed when their truck flipped over north of Eilat.

They were later identified as Master Sgt. Ya’akov Twati, 35, from Dimona and Pvt. Habtamu Abebe, 19, from Kiryat Gat.

The accident occurred outside the 80th Division’s base, approximately five kilometers (three miles) north of the city of Eilat, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

In June, another soldier was killed and three others were wounded when a jeep they were traveling in overturned near the southern Gaza Strip border.

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