A volunteer in the Israel Police's Traffic Department was moderately injured Friday afternoon when he was hit by a car while trying to rescue a cat on the Ayalon Freeway.
The volunteer was evacuated to the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. The cat was removed from the busy road unharmed.
The incident began when a woman traveling on the highway spotted a cat wandering on the road after the Komemiyut Interchange. Fearing that the cat would be run over, she stopped at the side of the road in a bid to rescue it and alerted the police's Traffic Department.
In the meantime, the cat crawled under the hood of the woman's car.
Cat rescued on Ayalon Freeway (Photo: Israel Police Traffic Department)
A police car with two volunteers arrived at the scene as the cat
emerged from under the car. While the volunteers attempted to capture the cat, one of them was hit by a car, sustaining moderate wounds.
The driver involved in the accident, a 17-year-old youth from Rishon Lezion, was detained for questioning.
The cat was later captured and examined by a veterinary physician.