Three killed in Italy tour bus crash
FLORENCE, Italy (CNN) -- Three people were killed and a number injured Thursday when a tour bus carrying a group from the United States was struck head-on by a truck on a northern Italian highway, authorities said.
The three passengers died on the scene, said Edward Dickens, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. Most of the injured were treated at a nearby hospital, but one person who suffered serious injuries was airlifted to Florence, he said. Consular personnel were en route to the hospital to check on that person.
The names and ages of the victims were being withheld until their next of kin could be notified, Dickens said.
The bus was carrying 20 people, all of them Americans. Dickens said it crashed on a highway between Florence and the western coast at approximately 6:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m. EST).
Italian authorities said the truck smashed into the bus after jumping the guardrail. The condition of the truck driver was not immediately known.
Italian news media said the tour group, mostly older Americans, represented about half of a larger group staying in Florence. This group had gone to Pisa for the day and was returning to the hotel at the time of the accident.
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