I Israeli Seaman Killed, 9 Seriously Injured in Auto Accident in New York

One Israeli merchant seaman was killed and nine others seriously injured early today after the minibus they were in collided with a gasoline delivery truck. The dead Israeli was identified by St. Vincent’s Hospital as Mordechai Aderi. The hospital said the other Israelis and the driver of the truck were all in critical condition.

Police said the minibus, owned by the Zim Lines and driven by George Eleftheriou, an Israeli living in Queens, collided with the oil truck driven by Frederick Wolf, of New York, at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 18th Street in Manhattan at 12:30 a.m. The minibus was thrown into a parked cab by the collision. The driver of the minibus was not injured.

The seamen all came from the Zim’s container ship Zim Genoa which is docked at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey.

St. Vincent’s Hospital identified the injured seamen as Alexander Alon, 23; Shahtai Gold-schmidt, 58; Aharon Bracha, 29; Alberto B. Fluhr, 34; Yosef Tolidano; Dedri Kubi; Churi Rahamin, 27; Zion Menashe Turgi, 41; and Zion Ben-Hamo. The hospital said it did not have the home addresses for the sailors.

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