Scene of crash
Photo: Avihu Shapira

1 soldier killed, 3 others injured in crash

All-terrain vehicle overturns during patrol near border with Syria; soldier pronounced dead at scene

An IDF soldier was killed and three others were injured on Friday when the all-terrain vehicle they were riding overturned during army activity in the Golan Heights, near Israel's border with Syria. 


The family of Private Dor Jan, 19, of Rishon Lezion, was informed of his death.


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Two of the combat troops were trapped in the vehicle following the crash. Emergency service crews who pulled them out of the wreckage pronounced Private Jan dead at the scene. The other sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

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2 troops were trapped under car (Photo: Yair Elkayam) 


According to the hospital, he suffered fractures to his spine. He was expected to be taken off the respirator, and his doctors expressed hope he is to regain consciousness shortly.  


The other soldiers sustained light and moderate injures.


One the two, Roee, told Ynet: "It was a winding road. We lost control and overturned… The driver was thrown out of the car."


Roee said that he managed to exit the car and use the radio to call for help.


A spokesperson for the police confirmed that no other vehicles were involved in the crash.


Private Jan began his service with the IDF's Artillery Corps several months ago. He was undergoing advanced training. He and the three other troops were assigned to back up to units securing the border.


"It’s a great tragedy," Jan's aunt said. "Dor was a charming boy, a gifted boy. He was accepted to the army's academic program and could have gone to study medicine, but he insisted on becoming a combat soldier."


The military police has launched an investigation into the incident.




פרסום ראשון: 06.08.12, 21:16
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