13-year-old boy killed, 8 injured, as cars collide with camel
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13-year-old boy killed, 8 injured, as cars collide with camel

Heading to family celebration, car apparently hit animal and army vehicle, injuring four relatives and four soldiers

A vehicle smashed after hitting a camel and another vehicle on Route 40 on January 16, 2018. (Fire Brigade Southern District)
A vehicle smashed after hitting a camel and another vehicle on Route 40 on January 16, 2018. (Fire Brigade Southern District)

A 13-year-old boy was killed and four of his family members injured when the car they were traveling in hit a camel and a military vehicle on Tuesday in Israel’s south, according to emergency services.

The family car flipped over in the collision on Route 40, near Mitzpe Ramon, as they were heading to a family celebration.

The boy’s mother was in serious condition with head injuries and his father, along with two brothers aged 14 and nine, were moderately injured. All were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, according to Magen David Adom.

An army vehicle was also involved in the accident, and four soldiers were lightly injured and taken for treatment, the army said.

“We saw a camel, and nearby a car completely crushed. It looked as though it had flipped over several times,” a Magen David Adom paramedic. “We removed the five passengers from the car. A boy aged about 13 had… no pulse and was not breathing. After attempting resuscitation, we were forced to declare his death on the scene.”

The fire brigade said that the second vehicle was 500 meters away from the first car and the camel.

Police and the army said they were investigating the cause of the accident.

The road was closed to traffic.

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