An iron cylinder came loose from a crane on Sunday and fell into a moving vehicle, but only slightly injured a 24-year-old Tel Aviv man in an incident that he and medical professionals hailed as a “miracle”.
Dash camera footage from a vehicle driving down the Ayalon Highway captured the moment of the accident.
The footage shows the moment when the metal cargo, which was connected to a crane on a construction site next to the motorway, was separated from the crane and slammed onto the motorway.
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The 15-ton cylinder hit the front of a car, injuring driver Jonathan Deri. Fortunately, Deri was only slightly to moderately injured, bruised and cut. Paramedics took him to the city’s Ichilov Hospital in stable condition after the accident.
“We’re talking about a real miracle,” said Megan David Adom medic Eitan Gabra Sapir. “The vehicle passing on the highway was hit by a large metal cylinder that fell from a large crane and hit the front of the car. The driver, whose limb was injured, walked around conscious. ”
Documentation: The fall of the iron infrastructure yesterday on a vehicle in Ayalon lanes. Jonathan Deri, 24, was lightly to moderately injured in an incident that could have resulted in disaster. Documentation: The Hot News @ ynetalerts pic.twitter.com/URNrs4uQ0Z
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Deri, who is still in the emergency room, told Channel 12 new, “I was driving down the street and suddenly I heard a big bang. I had scratches, cuts on my hands, and blood.
“It wasn’t until later that I understood that a huge bar weighing around 15 tons had been separated from a crane and fell straight onto my vehicle. Now I have really bad back pain. But what happened to me was a miracle. I still can’t digest what happened because I could have died. ”
“This is a day that I have to say a blessing. It shows how lucky I have been and how fragile life is. The next time I see a crane, I’ll check that there’s nothing over me. ”
Two years ago, four workers were killed when a crane collapsed on a construction site in Yavne. The incident re-alerted the issue of occupational safety, with politicians, activists and others urgently calling for industry reforms and better safety standards and enforcement.
In 2020, the daily Haaretz reported that the number of deaths from work-related accidents in Israel has increased by 56 percent since 2018.
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