A civil security guard was badly injured on Friday morning after he was crushed to death by a heavy electronic gate at a Jerusalem police station, rescue services said.
The Israel Fire and Rescue Services said firefighters using an “advanced hydraulic system” rescued the man from between a gate and a wall at a police detention facility in central Jerusalem, known as the Russian compound.
The unconscious man was handed over to the Magen David Edom ambulance service, who took him to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem for further treatment. He was referred in critical condition.
The Israel Police and Fire and Rescue Services said the guard became trapped while trying to open the gate at around 4 am.
“When we arrived at the scene, we identified a young man in his 20s, unconscious, whose entire body was trapped between the vehicle gate and the perimeter fence,” said Lieutenant Rami Monsonego, deputy shift commander of a nearby fire station .
“We cut off the power sources to the gate and worked on rescuing it using hydraulic rescue kits and dedicated tools for such a complex rescue. After a few minutes, we rescued the guard and shifted him for treatment to the MDA, who carried out intensive resuscitation efforts and evacuated him from the scene.”
Police said it has launched an investigation into the incident, and has forwarded a report “to the appropriate authorities”.