6 injured, 4 seriously, in head-on Jordan Valley car collision

Medics free one driver who was trapped inside vehicle

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Four Israelis were seriously hurt and two others were moderately injured in a head-on collision Tuesday in the Jordan Valley, the Magen David Adom emergency service said.

The crash took place on Route 90 between the Almog and Arava junctions near Jericho.

The passengers were treated by MDA and army medics before being taken in ambulances and IDF helicopters to the Shaare Zedek and Hadassah hopsitals in Jerusalem. First responders had free the driver of one of the vehicles, who had been trapped inside.

MDA said the seriously injured were a 40-year-old woman and three men in their 20s, while a 19-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy were moderately injured. Two younger passengers, ages 16 and 2, who were also in one of the vehicles came out of the collision unscathed, but were taken to Shaare Zedek for further medical testing.

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Earlier Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Statistics released its car accident statistics for the month of July, in which 41 people lost their lives, eight of them in collisions that took place in the West Bank.

The number was a slight improvement from the month before, in which 34 people inside Israel proper lost their lives in traffic accidents, along with 12 in West Bank.

In 2016, the number of fatal car accidents in the West Bank rose to 32, with 42 people killed, compared to 28 fatal accidents that killed 34 people there in 2015.

Fatalities in the 2017 calendar year are well on pace to reach an all-time high.

One of the cars hit in a head-on collision in the Jordan Valley on August 22, 2017. (Magen David Adom)
One of the cars hit in a head-on collision in the Jordan Valley on August 22, 2017. (Magen David Adom)

Within the Green Line, on the other hand, there was a slight drop in the number of fatal car accidents last year, from 292 in 2015 to 287 in 2016.

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