Two people were killed on Tuesday evening in a car crash between a truck and a passenger vehicle on Route 6 near the central Israel city of Petah Tikva.
Eyewitnesses said a Kia Picanto crashed into a parked truck while traveling north on Route 6, just after the Qesem interchange.
Half of the compact car and the two passengers inside were trapped underneath the truck. Paramedics declared both dead at the scene.
The victims were only initially identified as a man and a woman.
Route 6 northbound and the Qesem exit on Route 5 were subsequently blocked to all traffic, with police urging drivers in the area to use alternate routes.
דובר מד"א, זכי הלר: בשעה 20:21 התקבל דיווח במוקד 101 של מד"א במרחב ירקון על רכב שהתנגש במשאית בכביש 6 לכיוון צפון סמוך למחלף קסם לכיוון חורשים
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The deadly collision followed a string of fatal crashes over the past month.
On November 6, six people were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and a minibus on Route 90 in the Jordan Valley.
A week earlier, six children and their two parents were killed in a head-on collision between two cars on Route 90 near the Dead Sea.