Weather blamed for Holocaust ceremony stage tragedy

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012
Emergency workers arrive on the scene at Mount Herzl

Emergency workers arrive on the scene at Mount Herzl

Strong winds caused the collapse of a heavy installation and lighting rig on top of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, which was being used for Independence Day rehearsals.

Ambulance service, Magen David Adom (MDA), arrived at the scene within three minutes of receiving distress calls from witnesses reporting the incident.

One 20 year old woman died at the scene.

Most soldiers and workers involved in preparing the ceremony rehearsal were able to leave the incident unharmed. MDA treated six wounded; including five injured that were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem and Shaare Zedek Medical Centres, and one person with minor injuries who did not need any further medical attention.

Head of Jerusalem paramedic services, Mordechai Ben, said: "We found few injured people, but we had to treat them for a long time." Jerusalem District Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

Last updated: 5:07pm, April 18 2012