Medic describes accident scene

Updated: Feb 4


Scene of the accident; Photo credit: Elazar Riger

See here for a list of posts connected to the case. Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10:22 The medic who arrived first on the scene after the accident in which Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, was killed described what he saw. He had been on a routine drive when the call came in: “On Monday, we were driving to Jerusalem and on the way, near Kochav HaShahar, I received a call about a serious traffic accident on the road going up to Ba’al Hatzor. I drove up and arrived at a scene with a crushed car. There were four detainees, some of them injured, two of them next to the car with their arms handcuffed behind their backs. The other two were handcuffed on chairs with their backs to each other. “I started to treat them. At some point I asked the police, the detective who was there, if he could handcuff the injured in front instead of behind their backs so that I could check their vital signs – blood pressure, pulse. These are signs which give me an indication of whether or not, G-d forbid, there are internal injuries. He paid no attention to me, none at all. “I understood that insisting would get me nowhere. I continued to treat the injured. At some point another medic joined us, and an ambulance crew. They were busy with the other injured. Another medic and I were with the moderately injured youth. Together we lifted him onto a stretcher and secured him. At this stage, which was after a quarter hour of treatment, we asked the detective if he could move the handcuffs to the front so that we could lay [the injured youth] down. At this point he moved the handcuffs.

Scene of the accident; Photo credit: Free use

“After that we fully secured him and asked who could help, because it takes four people to lift the stretcher into the ambulance. They [the police] paid no attention to us. There were 4-5 policemen from the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police, and they were on their phones. They did everything except help us. Really, all that time there was about half a minute that we asked for help: Who could help us lift the injured? A policeman in blue [i.e. not from the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police] and a soldier came and together we lifted the injured into the ambulance.” Over the past few days the media have revealed that a bus full of soldiers who passed by the scene before the rescue crew arrived offered assistance and was refused by the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police detectives.

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