Three people were killed and two others seriously injured early Tuesday morning when a truck slammed into them as they stood at the side of Route 4, a main coastal highway in the country.
The two men and a woman, all aged 25, were declared dead at the scene by paramedics who were called out to the 3 a.m. accident.
Two other men, one in his 20s and another in his 30s, were evacuated to Tel Hashomer hospital with multiple injuries.
Another women, in her 30s, who was sitting in one of the parked cars, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Kaplan Medical Center. The truck driver, in his 30s, also suffered light injuries.
An initial review found that all five of the victims were outside of their vehicles at the side of the road when the truck hit. They were apparently arguing with each other over a minor traffic accident between the two cars.
Police said they opened an investigation into the accident.
Paramedics said they found the victims scattered down the road.
“The two men were lying in the road and the woman was trapped under the truck,” said a Magen David Adom paramedic who was at the scene. “All were unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse, with multiple serious injuries. After a medical check we were forced to declare them dead at the scene.”
“We gave life-saving medical attention to two men who also had multiple injuries and took them to hospital,” he said.
Route 4 was closed Tuesday morning from Yavneh junction northwards as police and rescue services worked to reopen the highway. Police advised motorists to use alternative routes such as Route 40 or Route 6.