President Ephraim Katzir’s car was involved in a three-car accident on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway last night in which a soldier was killed and seven persons, including Mrs. Katzir. were injured. The President was reported unhurt at Tel Hashomer Hospital where he and his wife were taken after the collision. Mrs. Katzir was treated for minor bruises.
The President was on his way to Tel Aviv to attend the opening in the “Zavta” Club of an exhibition of Jewish and Druze art. According to police, his chauffeur entered the center lane of the three-lane highway to pass a line of slow-moving vehicles and collided head-on with an army car passing in the opposite direction. The soldier who was killed was not immediately identified.
The President’s car struck another private car in which two women and two children received slight injuries. Injuries were also sustained by a motorcyclist who collided with the other vehicles. President and Mrs. Katzir returned home after their release from the hospital. His greetings at the exhibition were read by his consultant on Druze affairs, Kamal Mansour.
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