R. Zev and his wife Rochel Simons OBM were killed this morning in a horrific crash in Australia. This news leaves the community in Sydney in shock and great pain. The crash took place on the Hume Highway which travels from Sydney to Melbourne, at 11:45am.
The couple, in their late 40s and early 50s, where both killed when their car was involved in a head on collision with a semi-trailer, carrying 43,000 liters of gas in cylinders. The driver of the truck was also killed. Two other cars were involved in the collision but the vehicles occupants escaped with minor injuries.
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Local authorities and rescue personal evacuated the entire area including nearby restaurants and gas stations, for fear that the gas cylinders may explode. The Simons’s have been very involved in the children’s education; R. Zev was from the principals of the Mosdos in Sydney and his wife Mrs. Rochel was a teacher in the school.
The Simons family is a part of the ‘Tzemach Tzedek Shul’ and the Chabad community in Sydney.
Shturem.net reported that they left behind 10 children around the world; Mrs. Nechama Cunin, Mrs. Leah Lang, Mrs. Pesiah Kirshenbaum, Mendel, Moshie, Mushkie, Shaynie, Bassie, Yehuda and Zalman.