Four hurt in Dimona train crash that caused bromine gas leak

Nearby residents told to stay indoors after two are hospitalized with burning sensation in their eyes

An Israel Railways train (illustrative photo: Moshe Shai/Flash90)
An Israel Railways train (illustrative photo: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Four people were lightly injured when an Israel Railways freight train carrying bromine gas collided late Monday with three train cars parked on the tracks at a rail station in Dimona.

Officials detected a small leak of the bromine at the site, and police ordered all residents living within 900 meters (3,000 feet) of the crash to remain in their homes until morning. Environmental Protection Ministry officials suggested those even further away from the site, near the main highway entrance to the southern city, should remain indoors.

The freight train driver was initially trapped within the vehicle, but was soon rescued by firefighters.

Two people were injured from the crash itself, and the other two suffered experienced burning in their eyes from the gas. All four were taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center, where doctors said their injuries were not serious.

Police blocked Route 25 leading into Dimona to traffic in both directions while the rescue operation was underway.

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