Two men were killed Friday after being hit by a train near the Hefer Valley industrial zone in central Israel.
Avi Mor, 20, and Aviv Sharabi, 19, from or Yehuda, were walking on the train tracks with two friends when they were hit by a passenger train.
Magen David Adom medics who were called to the scene were forced to pronounce them dead. The two friends are being deposed at the Hadera Police station.
A police investigation suggests that the youngsters were partying in a club at the Hefer Valley industrial zone and ended up at the tracks for an unknown reason.
At one point their friends noticed they were gone and after a search found their lifeless bodies on the side of the tracks, 10 meters apart. One of them called rescue services.
Forces at the site (Photo: Ido Erez)
Eye witnesses said that a train had passed by and did not stop after hitting the two. According to the police, the driver reported hitting an animal and stopped only at the Haifa station. He later told Ynet, "They had no business being on those tracks. My heart is with their families. I feel terrible."
Railway traffic was halted for several hours but has since been resumed.
Photo: Ido Erez
An eye witness said the friends were visibly upset and shocked by the incident. "We wanted to cross the tracks," one of them said in questioning. "Two of us made it and the other two were hit by the train."
Police official chief superintendent Moshe Cohen said, "This is a tragedy. It is still unclear what the four were doing at the tracks. The investigation is ongoing."
Last June, Navy combat soldier Hanan Maman was killed falling from a moving train after forgetting his backpack in the train, an investigation into his death on Thursday suggests.
Raanan Ben-Zur, Gilad Morag and Shahar Chai contributed to this report
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