Two strictly Orthodox men – aged 19 and 20 – are said to be in critical condition after a car crash in Hungary on Wednesday night.
The Yeshiva students, named as Yehuda Roittenbarg and Binyamin Cohen, from Stamford Hill, north London, were taken to hospital after the crash where they were placed in induced comas.
Members of their families have been contacted and have travelled to the hospital, in the city of Mishkolc.
A source close to the families said the men were in a “stable condition but still considered critical by doctors”. On Friday, Mr Roittenbarg and Mr Cohen were said to still be in intensive care, but showing signs of improvement.
The JC understands that the two men were in Hungary to pray at the tomb of Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestir. Every year, thousands of Charedim from across the globe visit the tomb to mark the anniversary of the Chasidic leader’s death.
The two men, who were in a black Ford, were almost at their destination when the accident occurred. The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Today, footage from the incident was circulating on social media forums in Stamford’s Hill community.
Prayers are being organised at their Stamford Hill synagogue, Ahavas Torah.
People are being asked to pray for their recovery using their Hebrew names: Yehuda Ze’ev ben Irit and Benyamin Meir Yosef ben Shoshana Shirin.
This story has been updated