Two hitchhikers died Sunday after the car in which they were riding collided with a minibus near the southern town of Kiryat Gat. Twelve others were injured in the accident, including the driver of the car, who was seriously hurt.
The two victims who hitched a ride with the 60-year-old driver were declared dead at the scene of the accident, near the intersection of Route 6 and Route 35.
The husband of one of the women in the accident — who had spoken to his wife moments before the accident — was quoted by Ynet saying that the same minibus had passed him at high speed.
The driver of the car was airlifted to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem and was in stable condition, but was suffering from multiple injuries. The lightly injured victims of the accident were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba and Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment.
Initial investigations by the police found that the car turned onto Route 6, but didn’t give the right of way to the oncoming minibus. The car flew off the road and landed in a ditch on the side of the road. Traffic police were investigating the speed at which the minibus was being driven at the time of the collision.