A 19-year-old woman was killed by the Jerusalem light rail train overnight Tuesday-Wednesday.
The train struck the woman, trapping her underneath it, shortly after midnight on Jaffa Road, near the city’s Central Bus Station.
She was named Wednesday morning as Tamar Fenigstein, originally from the city of Petah Tikva.
Her friend Achinoam told Hebrew-language media that Fenigstein suffered an epilepsy attack at the station and fell onto the tracks. “I tried to catch her, but she slipped from my hand. I tried to pull her, but couldn’t,” she said.
טרגדיה: תמר פניגשטיין בת ה-19 מפתח תקוה היא הצעירה שנדרסה למוות על ידי הרכבת הקלה בירושלים
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First responders found Fenigstein lacking any vital signs and declared her dead at the scene of the accident, the Magen David Adom emergency service said.
Four of her friends were taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment of panic attacks following the incident.
“It was a shocking accident. When we got there it was hard — we saw a girl, around 19, trapped under the train. She wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse and we quickly were forced to declare her dead. Four of her friends who witnessed the accident had panic attacks and after treating them, we sent them for further treatment to the hospital,” said MDA medic Oz Follack.