Tragedy: Family of 8 killed in head-on accident near the Dead Sea

Eight people in Israel, including children, were killed Tuesday in a frontal collision near the Dead Sea.

The accident wiped out an entire family from the Jewish community of Psagot in Samaria.

The crash on Highway 90 also injured three people, who were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva.

Police said the accident was apparently a head-on collision between an off-road vehicle and a car, which started a fire in the vehicle the victims were in. Police have begun an investigation into the accident.

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Magen David Adom emergency responders that arrived at the scene said firefighters put out the fire and found that those inside were already dead.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the car accident:

“My heart is torn in the light of the great tragedy that destroyed the life of an entire family … My wife Sara and I grieve with all the citizens of Israel for the life that has been cut short and send condolences from our hearts to the family and the residents of Psagot. Today, when most citizens are taking advantage of the sabbatical to travel across the country, I ask you to do everything in order to return home safely.”

UPDATE – The names of the victims who died in the fatal car crash near the Dead Sea have been published: Yariv (45) and Shoshi (47) Atar and their six children—Yaakov Yisroel (12), Ateres (11), Ayala (9), Moriah (7), Yedid (5) and Avigayil (3).

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