Two IDF soldiers, Private Sergeant Hebtemo Abeba and First Sergeant Jacob Toeti, were killed today when their truck overturned north of Eilat. Findings from the preliminary investigation reveals that the accident appears to have occurred because the truck did not follow the appropriate traffic regulations. The IDF’s chief of staff has ordered a halt on all non-operational travel.

Deadly car accident kills 2 soldiers

Deadly car accident kills 2 soldiers Photo Credit: Firefighter and Rescue Services/ Channel 2 News

Two soldiers were killed when a military transport truck overturned on Route 12 today (Thursday), about three miles north of Eilat. The IDF Spokesperson’s Office released the names of the soldiers killed in the deadly accident: 19-year-old Private Sergeant Hebtemo Abeba from Kiryat Gat and the driver of the truck, and 35-year-old First Sergeant Jacob Toeti of Dimona and a soldier in the reserves.

MDA and IDF medical teams who were called to the scene provided immediate medical treatment but the two were pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed to vehicular traffic after the accident but was reopened a few hours later.

A preliminary investigation of the accident revealed that the soldiers were part of preparations ahead of an army operation that will take place near Israel’s border with Egypt. The investigation also revealed that the truck had apparently reached a curve in the road but had continued to drive straight. As a result, the truck overturned and the two soldiers were crushed to death.

The Military Police has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the accident and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot has ordered a halt on all non-operational trips until next Sunday.