On Sunday, March 20, 2016, Israeli Railways CEO Boaz Zafrir was called into the MoEP’s Southern District office for a hearing on the incident. An initial probe found that a freight train carrying bromine crashed with freight cars that were parked on the tracks. As a result of the impact, two cars carrying bromine fell off the tracks. Some 6.5 tons of the hazardous material leaked into the environment.
Monitoring carried out by the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority indicated that there were high concentrations of bromine in the air after the incident. Bromine can cause risk or harm to human life and health, and environmental damage to soil. In addition, the presence of bromine can cause water pollution and can damage flora and fauna. Due to the risks carried by bromine, there is reasonable suspicion that the incident represented a violation of the Clean Air Law and the Hazardous Materials Law.