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Two Soldiers Killed, Four Civilians Injured in Drag Race Between Two Cars

Two soldiers were killed and four of their civilian friends were injured in a road accident last night arising out of a drag race between two cars along a Galilee panhandle road. The names of the victims have not been released.

The accident occurred as the young men and women members of Galilee kibbutzim were returning in the early morning hours from a party celebrating the 19th birthday of one of the victims.

According to the driver of one of the two cars, which had four youths in it, they had all left the party at Kfar Hanassi in high spirits, “and forgot, unfortunately, the laws of sensible driving.”

The driver, who was injured, told Israeli reporters that the two cars raced each other along a straight stretch of road, passing one another at high speeds.

“But as we passed, we side-swiped each other,” the driver said. “My car careened off the road and overturned. The other car, with the two young soldiers in it, hit a tree.”