The six Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were killed Sunday morning in a car crash on Route 90 were identified later in the day, as the death toll on the perilous highway in the last three weeks alone climbed to 17.
Also Sunday, another accident on the same road injured four others.
The victims of the crash on Sunday morning, when a minibus slammed head-on into a truck in the Jordan Valley, were identified as brothers Lutfi and Rajai Zahdi from Wadi Joz; Ala’a Qarash from the Old City of Jerusalem; Ahmad al-Ayoubi from Za’im; Majd Asila from Kafr Akab; and Majd Samara from Kafr Akab.
Five others were injured in the accident, which took place near the Petzael Junction, according to the Magen David Adom rescue service. At least four were seriously hurt.
Later in the day, four people were injured in another crash on Route 90 near the Dead Sea. Two suffered moderate injuries to their upper bodies and two were lightly wounded, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service. An MDA helicopter arrived at the scene to help evacuate the wounded.
In a third car accident on Sunday elsewhere, two Israel Defense Forces soldiers are injured after their car collided with a truck near Ramat Gan, the army said. One soldier was seriously wounded with a head injury, the other sustained light wounds, according to medics.
The servicemen were taken to Ramat Gan’s Sheba Tel Hashomer Hospital for treatment. The accident occurred near Bar Ilan Junction on the Route 471 highway.
In the earlier fatal crash, the minibus was reportedly shuttling a group of Palestinian men in their thirties to their workplace. Police detained the truck driver and launched an investigation into the accident.
Video footage from the scene appeared to show the truck veering into the opposite lane, at which point the minivan, in an attempt to evade it, swerves and crashes into it.
The accident was the second major deadly crash on Route 90 in five days.
On Tuesday, the entire Atar family — Yariv Atar, 45, his wife Shoshi, 47, and their children Yaakov Yisrael, 12, Ateret, 11, Ayelet, 9, Moriah, 7, Yedid, 5, and Avigail, 3 — was killed in a crash with an SUV on Route 90 near Ein Bokek.
The minivan carrying the Atar family caught fire following the accident and some of the dead were killed in the blaze, according to rescuers.
In late October, a 10-month-old baby and her parents were killed when a bus collided head-on with their car near the Dead Sea. The victims were later named as Kfir and Shira Avitan, both 28, from the northern city of Katzrin, and their daughter Gaia.