Train Collides with Passenger Vehicle Killing Five Adults

Five persons — three a dult members of the Behor family of Moshav Tirat Yehuda and two adult relatives of the Hillel family of Moshav Bareket–were killed when the vehicle in which they were riding was hit by a train at a crossing near Bareket last Friday.

Unlike the Moshav Habonim grade crossing, where 22 persons, including 19 children were killed in a bus-train collision last month, at a crossing which had no warning signals, the Bareket crossing had warning lights and a bell which operated when a train approached. Rail officials and local residents said the signals worked properly at the time of Friday’s accident.

The rails at this point, not far from Lod, serve the not too frequently used Jerusalem to Haifa passenger line and local quarries. The road which crosses it, at one time little more than a track, is now fairly heavily travelled as it serves traffic travelling from the coastal area to the West Bank north of Jerusalem.

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