Two Palestinians killed when hit by Israeli driver on West Bank road

In deadly day on roads, 44-year-old motorcyclist dies after bike collides with car in Haifa, 3 passengers hurt; child injured after being hit by motorbike near Tel Aviv

The scene of a car crash between Rechalim Junction and Tapuach Junction along Route 60 in the West Bank, December 17, 2022. (Screen grab used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
The scene of a car crash between Rechalim Junction and Tapuach Junction along Route 60 in the West Bank, December 17, 2022. (Screen grab used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Two Palestinian men in their 30s were killed in a collision with an Israeli vehicle on Route 60 in the West Bank on Saturday, in one of a series of serious road incidents over the course of the day.

The accident occurred Saturday evening between Rechalim Junction and Tapuach Junction along Route 60, one of the deadliest in the country. The major highway stretches from Beersheba in the south to Nazareth in the north, much of it running through the West Bank. Some stretches have not been updated in years.

According to reports in the Palestinian media, the victims were brothers Mohammad and Muhannad Yousef Muteir from the Qalandiya refugee camp near Jerusalem. The Palestinian news agency Wafa cited a spokesperson from the Palestinian Authority who said the two were returning from the West Bank city of Nablus when they had to stop to fix a punctured tire.

Israeli police say that, according to a preliminary investigation, the collision occurred when the Israeli vehicle hit the two men while they were conducting repairs to the car on the side of the road.

Paramedics said they found one of the Palestinian men unconscious and unresponsive at the scene and were forced to pronounce his death. The second man was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in critical condition and later died of his injuries.

The Israeli driver, a man in his 50s, sustained light injuries and was also taken to Beilinson Hospital (also known as the Rabin Medical Center) for treatment, according to statements by police and first responders.

Earlier Saturday, a female motorcyclist was killed and three others injured when a bike crashed into a car in the northern city of Haifa, police and medics said.

Paramedics found the motorcycle rider, a 44-year-old resident of Kiryat Haim, unconscious and severely injured, according to a statement from the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

The woman was evacuated in critical condition to Rambam Medical Center and was pronounced dead by doctors shortly after her arrival, police said.

The three passengers of the car, a 60-year-old mother and her children, aged 20 and 16, were lightly hurt and also taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the statement.

Police opened an investigation into the crash.

In a separate incident, a five-year-old boy was seriously injured in the Tel Aviv suburb of Givat Shmuel after being hit by a motorcycle, police said.

The boy was taken for treatment to Beilinson Hospital, and police said they were investigating the matter.

According to the latest data from the National Road Safety Authority, 325 people have been killed in 298 traffic accidents since the beginning of the year.

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