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Woman and infant child killed in head-on crash; three others hurt

Collision between vehicles occurs near Mitzpe Ramon prison in southern Israel; mother’s 8-year-old son also wounded

A ZAKA volunteer is seen at the scene of a deadly car crash near Miztpe Ramon in southern Israel, August 22, 2021. (ZAKA)
A ZAKA volunteer is seen at the scene of a deadly car crash near Miztpe Ramon in southern Israel, August 22, 2021. (ZAKA)

A 36-year-old woman and her 4-month-old daughter were killed after a car crash near Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Two cars collided head-on while traveling on opposite directions on Route 40 near the Rimon (Nafkha) Prison.

The woman was declared dead at the scene by paramedics, a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT said.

The 4-month-old girl was evacuated to Beersheba’s Soroka medical center by military helicopter. Her death was declared by medical officials at the hospital.

Military medics had performed resuscitation efforts on the infant girl as she was evacuated.

The woman’s 8-year-old son was also seriously wounded in the incident and was evacuated to the hospital by military helicopter.

In addition, two men in their 20s listed in moderate condition were evacuated to a hospital by medics, after being wounded in the accident.

The hospital later listed the three injuries from the accident in light condition, following an assessment by medical officials.

“It was a serious head-on collision,” an MDA paramedic said. “Both vehicles were in the dirt on the side of the road with heavy chassis damage, and the wounded were lying nearby.”

Police said the cause of the accident was being investigated.

Since the beginning of the year, 230 people have been killed on the country’s roads, according to the Road Safety Authority.

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