Four killed in car crash in central Israel

Four killed in car crash in central Israel

Victims’ car said traveling well over the speed limit when it veered off the road and hit a parked vehicle

Scene of the crash on Route 431 on Sunday, December 4, 2016. (Magen David Adom Spokesperson)
Scene of the crash on Route 431 on Sunday, December 4, 2016. (Magen David Adom Spokesperson)

Four Israelis died in a car crash Sunday night on Route 431 near the Nes Tziona Interchange.

The four, all in their 20s, were from the nearby city of Ramle in central Israel. Reports named them as Zaki Maslah, Ahmad Madi, Yazin Assaf, and Adham Abu Kavisa.

After colliding with a vehicle parked on the side of the road, the four were found dead by Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency service.

The four were said to have been driving well over the speed limit and veering from their lane at the time of the collision.

The driver of the other vehicle was unharmed.

A paramedic from Magen David Adom described the accident as “horrifying” and told Channel 10 that upon arriving at the scene the four were “without any vital signs, and shortly after we were forced to pronounce their death.”

It took rescue services several hours to extract the bodies from the mangled vehicle.

Route 431 runs from west to east from the Tel Aviv metropolitan area to the city of Modiin. The Nez Ziona Interchange is located next to the city of Nes Ziona, south of Tel Aviv.

The crash follows another fatal accident on Saturday evening, in which three people died in a collision on Route 79 in the Lower Galilee.

So far there have been 336 deaths in car accidents this year, two more than in 2015, according to the Israel National Road Safety Authority, which tracks the number of fatalities.

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