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I moved from dank, dark North Manchester, U.K. to Karmiel, Western Galilee, Israel in March 2010. It is, believe me, one of the sunniest, loveliest towns on earth. With a background in local Jewish journalism I continue to write freelance. I manage several blogs, have  appeared on Technorati and Blogcritics and now contribute to the online magazine, 'Live Encounters'. My main blog is Alwayswriteagain (http://wwwalwayswriteagain.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

How My Strapping Brother Became a Rag Doll

The following story from Haaretz.com seems to be the best overall account of what happened to my brother and the other victims of Monday's crash. Only now do I understand that Julian, a strapping six-foot sports enthusiast, was hurtled in the air like a rag-doll.


"Thirteen people were injured, three of them seriously, in a traffic accident near Jerusalem's Ramot neighbourhood (on Monday). An eight-year-old girl was reported among those seriously injured.

"The accident occurred when a woman with a baby in her car drove through a red light on Golda Meir Avenue at about 9 A.M. yesterday and crashed into a moving van, which had four children inside.


The scene of crash in Jerusalem. 13 people were hurt.

Photo by: Michal Fattal


"The driver of the van lost control of the vehicle and drove onto a traffic island, hitting two pedestrians. He then collided into a bus stop, injuring additional pedestrians.

"'I sat on a bus looking at the road and suddenly I saw a car go off the road and hitting people on a traffic island, sending them flying in the air," an eye witness said.

"'We treated one of the pedestrians who had been on the traffic island and sustained injuries all over his body,' a Magen David Adom paramedic said. 'People were injured both from being hit by the car, and from landing on the ground after being thrown in the air.'

"Police questioned the two drivers in the hospital yesterday, both of whom were lightly injured, and said they will continue the investigation".


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