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Train collides with herd of cows

Engine derails, no humans hurt

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

A herd of cattle graze in the Golan Heights (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
A herd of cattle graze in the Golan Heights (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A passenger train partially derailed after hitting a herd of cows near Beersheba on Monday morning. No human injuries were reported, while a few cows were killed.

The conductor noticed the animals and hit the emergency brake, drastically slowing the Israel Railways train before hitting the herd and thus avoiding a greater calamity. The engine and a passenger car derailed due to the impact.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but left when they realized the event was not the mass-casualty incident they feared it could have been.

The accident took place south of the Lehavim train station, on the tracks leading to Beersheba. All trains south of Kiryat Gat were canceled until the carcasses were removed and the tracks cleared. Passengers were transferred to other trains.

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