A six-year-old boy was fatally hit by a car in southern Israel on Saturday, as the number of deaths in traffic accidents in the past two days climbed to five.
The boy was pronounced dead en route to the hospital after the collision in Rahat. Police have opened an investigation.
Also Saturday, a 25-year-old woman was killed in a crash and another woman was seriously injured. The two women were waiting by a light on Highway 412 when a car rammed into their vehicle. The driver of the other car — a man in his thirties — was seriously hurt in the collision.
A man in his twenties was pronounced dead in another car accident on Highway 4 on Saturday, and an additional man was seriously injured.
Two brothers, aged five and seven, were killed Friday afternoon in a collision between a car and a truck on Route 1 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The victims were identified as Yedidya and Elyashiv Jungreis from the West Bank settlement of Beit El. The driver of the car, 25, and a brother of the two boys, 14, were seriously injured and rushed to hospital.
The accident took place between the Latrun and Sha’ar Hagai interchanges. Initial reports from the scene indicated the car rammed into the truck that was stopped on the roadside. It was not clear what had led the car to collide with the truck, but some reports indicated the truck’s position on the road shoulder may have been unsafe.
So far 293 people have been killed in road accidents this year — the lowest number since 2014. This is possibly the result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has led people to spend more time at home.