Three people were killed and one person was seriously injured in a car crash
on Highway 1 between the Shoresh and Shaar HaGai intersections early Tuesday morning. The victim was rushed to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
A preliminary investigation suggests that at around 3 am one of the vehicles hit a crash barrier, spun out of control and hit an empty car parked on the side of the road.
The head of the Traffic Police estimated the accident was caused by drunken driving. "The car contained bottles of alcohol," Brunu Stein said. He noted that the victims were residents of Jaffa who had made their way from a Christmas event in Bethlehem.
Scene of crash (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
'Car completely crushed' (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
The traffic chief added that the other car involved in the crash had likely gotten stuck and was therefore parked on the side of the road. The circumstances behind the accident are still being investigated and it is possible the crash was caused by the stormy weather.
Magen David Adom spokesman said that the victims were all men in their 30s.
A paramedic who arrived at the scene said that police and rescue forces worked hard to pull the men out of the car. "The vehicle was completely crushed," Aharon Oppenheimer said.