3 Tourists Killed in Italy Bus Crash
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) _ A busload of American tourists heading to Florence collided with a truck going in the opposite direction Thursday, leaving at least three Americans dead and several others injured, police said.
Eighteen Americans and their Italian driver were traveling on the road from Lucca to Florence, when a truck going the other way veered into the guardrail and jumped into the oncoming lane, smashing into the bus, highway police said.
Two American women, aged 74 and 75, and a 71-year-old American man were dead at the scene, police said.
Several others were injured and were taken to local hospitals. Police said several of the Americans had since been discharged, although they could not give further details.
The truck driver was also seriously injured, as well as two people in a car that rear-ended the bus after the initial accident.
The ANSA news agency reported that all three Americans killed were from Pennsylvania, although police could not immediately confirm this.
Highway police had few details on the victims, and were unsure what caused the accident. However, they said the tourists were on an Italian tour that began Sunday and was to end March 28.
U.S. diplomatic officials weren’t immediately available for comment