An Israeli family from Mitzpe Ramon collided with a stray camel on Highway 40, causing their car to overturn and killing a 13-year-old boy. His parents and two siblings were severely injured.

The family's car after the crash

The family’s car after the crash Photo credit: MDA

A 13-year-old boy was killed and four other people injured when a car hit a stray camel on Highway 40 near the town of Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev.

The collision with the animal caused the vehicle to overturn, killing the boy and leaving his parents and two siblings severely injured. MDA paramedics pronounced the boy dead on the scene and evacuated the other family members to a nearby hospital.

Shortly after the tragic incident, an army vehicle hit the camel and overturned as well, causing minor injuries to the four IDF soldiers in it.

Erez Kita, the CEO of Or Yarok, an Israeli road safety organization, said many drivers have been killed because of stray camels in the Negev. “How many more people have to be killed for this carelessness to stop?” he asked. “Everybody knows camels are wandering freely on highways in the south, risking the lives of drivers, but nobody does anything to solve the problem.”