A pregnant woman and her 12-year-old daughter were killed in a car crash Saturday near Ben Shemen in central Israel.
Police said in a statement that the woman’s baby was delivered by doctors and the hospital later announced that the baby was in a critical condition. The mother was 32 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.
The two victims were later named as Irna Dovinsky and her daughter Anat Rozenberg from the northern town of Kiryat Yam.
Eight other people were injured in the collision between a car and a commercial vehicle on Route 6 — two people were moderately wounded and six lightly injured, three of them children.
The moderately injured victims were said to be an 8-year-old girl and a 65-year-old man.
According to the Ynet news site, it is thought that one of the vehicles hit the safety rail on the road and bounced back onto the road where it collided with the second vehicle.
Since the beginning of 2019, 262 people have been killed in road accidents in Israel, compared to 240 in the same period last year. Of those killed, 50 were children and young people up to the age of 19, Ynet reported.
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