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5 Americans Killed in Italy Crash

March 25, 2002

BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) _ A truck swerved into oncoming traffic on a northern Italian highway Monday and crashed head-on into a small van, killing at least five members of an American family, police said.,

Among the dead was the van driver _ a man from Seattle who worked in Italy _ his two sons, and two other family members, police said. The man’s wife and her mother were injured and taken to a hospital in serious condition, said Nicola Colanero of the Bologna highway police.

The truck driver was also injured, he said.

Police said the van driver worked for Micron Technology, which is based in Boise, Idaho, and has offices in Avezzano, central Italy, where the driver and his family lived. Company representatives, contacted at the Idaho headquarters, refused to confirm the report.

U.S. officials here would not give out information about the victims.

The accident occurred Monday afternoon a few miles outside the northern city of Bologna on the highway leading to Padua. Police said the truck driver lost control and swung into the wrong lane before hitting the van.

Authorities were investigating the cause of the accident.

The collision was the second fatal crash involving Americans in Italy in a week. On Friday, three American tourists were killed when a truck crashed into their tour bus near the Tuscan resort town of Montecatini.

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