Trucker charged in Poconos crash that killed 2 Italians, driver

Trucker charged in Poconos crash that killed 2 Italians, driver

A truck driver who said a medical condition caused him to black out before a crash that killed two Italian tourists and their bus driver in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains has been charged in the deadly crash.

Franklin Wyatt, 57, of Macomb, Oklahoma, was charged with three counts each of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter, along with multiple counts of assault by vehicle and reckless endangerment.

The victims, including an Italian pharmacist killed on his honeymoon, had left New York City for Niagara Falls as they began an eight-day tour of the Eastern U.S. and Canada on June 3, 2015.

Wyatt crossed the grassy median as he drove south on Interstate 380 that morning and struck the back of a northbound tractor-trailer in Coolbaugh Township, the police affidavit said. The tour bus then struck Wyatt’s vehicle, according to the affidavit filed Wednesday. The court papers make no reference to Wyatt’s medical condition that day.