The head-on collision occurred on Route 25 near the city of Dimona early Friday morning. The two drivers were seriously wounded and taken to Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva. One of the drivers succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Surveillance footage from the scene of the accident shows that one of the drivers swerved on the narrow road into the opposite lane. The other driver tried to swerve clear of the errant vehicle, but the two trucks still collided on the side of the road.
One of the drivers, 60-year-old man, sustained injuries to his chest and was in serious but stable condition by the time he arrived at the hospital. The second, now deceased driver, sustained injuries to his limbs and was also in a serious but unstable condition.
"This is a very serious head-on collision,” said Daniel Blank and Orgad Cohen, the MDA paramedics who were the first to arrive at the scene of the accident. “Both drivers were trapped in the front seat of their trucks. We provided them with life-saving treatment while they were being rescued by the fire fighting teams.”
The National Road Safety Authority's data reveals that since January 2019, there have been at least 29 deadly road accidents involving trucks, which took the lives of 35 people.