IDF reservist killed, two injured in southern West Bank car cash
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IDF reservist killed, two injured in southern West Bank car cash

Two cars and a truck collide near settlement of Mitzpe Eshtemoa, in the Hebron Hills

Scene of a fatal road crash on Route 60 in the West Bank, in which Yishai Rivlin, upper-left, was killed January 30, 2019. (Magen David Adom; courtesy of the family)
Scene of a fatal road crash on Route 60 in the West Bank, in which Yishai Rivlin, upper-left, was killed January 30, 2019. (Magen David Adom; courtesy of the family)

An IDF reservist was killed and two people were injured Wednesday in a crash between a Palestinian truck and two Israeli cars on a main route through the southern West Bank, near the settlement of Mitzpe Eshtemoa, in the Hebron Hills.

The soldier — a 33-year-old father of three — was critically injured in the accident on Route 60 and was trapped inside his badly damaged vehicle. Emergency crews worked to cut him free but medics declared him dead before he could be pulled from the wreckage.

Another man, 50, was left in moderate condition with multiple injuries to his entire body, the MDA ambulance service said in a statement. He was taken by ambulance to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

The Palestinian truck driver, 50, was treated for light injuries and also taken for further medical treatment.

That the deceased was a reservist in the Israel Defense Forces identity was not released to the public until his family could be notified, the army said.

He was identified as Yishai Rivlin by a spokesperson for his hometown — the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

“Yishai was married and a father to three,” the Efrat regional council said.

The IDF said he was a reservist in the Jordan Valley Brigade, which defends the Jordanian border.

He will be buried in the national Mount Herzl military cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Rivilin was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant major from master sergeant, the army said.

Both military and civilian medics were called to the scene of the crash. The army medics were flown in by helicopter.

“We gave him treatment, including CPR, but his injuries were too severe and an army doctor was forced to pronounce him dead at the scene,” a medic from the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

At the scene of the accident, Route 60 was temporarily blocked to traffic in both directions.

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