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Three teens killed, two people seriously wounded, in deadly crash in northern Israel

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Three teens were killed early Friday when the vehicle they were traveling in collided with another car in northern Israel, police and medics said.

Hebrew media said all three were residents of Kibbutz Kfar Blum, aged 16 and 17, identifying them as Uri Maloul, Ariel Stern, and Daniel Porat.

Magen David Adom medics declared two of the victims dead at the scene after firefighters managed to free them from the wreckage, while a third teen died later of his wounds after being airlifted to a hospital by an Israel Defense Force helicopter in critical condition.

Teams from the IDF and the Fire and Rescue Authority assisted the medics.

A man, 35, and a woman, 43, who were in the other vehicle, were seriously injured and taken to the Ziv hospital in Safed.

“It was a shocking accident; we saw two vehicles, one of them in which the three youths were traveling, was completely crushed,” said MDA medic Eli Ben Zaken.

The crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m.

Police said they were investigating the cause of the crash on  Route 9779 between Kiryat Shmona and Moshav Beit Hillel, adding that a preliminary probe indicated that the car with the three teens had made a U-turn without seeing the other oncoming vehicle.


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