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COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP -- Emergency crews responded to a deadly wreck between a charter bus and tractor trailer in Monroe County.

It happened after 10 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 380 northbound between the Mount Pocono exit (3) and the Tobyhanna exit (8).

According to state police, the tractor trailer crossed the median and hit a tour bus head-on.

Three people on the bus, including the driver, were killed, and 13 others were injured.

They were traveling from New York City to Niagara Falls with an Italian tour company.

Traffic on Interstate 380 was stopped in both directions. The southbound lanes reopened after noon. Troopers hoped to reopen the northbound side of the highway by 5 p.m.

After first responders showed up passengers were taken away one by one by helicopter to four different hospitals.

The three who were killed were still trapped inside the bus.

"They all, to the best of my knowledge, were males. Two are still trapped on the bus. They have state police reconstructionists stationed out of Hazleton going to do a full reconstruction. We have to do that, and there are charges pending," said Monroe County coroner Bob Allen.

Alex Filarsky's car was the last piece in a separate chain reaction crash when another driver slowed down to take a picture of the gruesome scene on the other side of the highway. Filarsky didn't spend much time worrying about his own predicament.

"Me and the guy that I hit, we were talking, we walked over to the bus and I mean it was just havoc. There were people covered in blood and just mayhem everywhere, just a mess," said Alex Filarsky of Scott Township.

We heard a lot of people use the words, chaos, mayhem, messy to describe what they saw on Interstate 380 near Mount Pocono.

"I walked right up to help right away because there were people saying, 'help me help me, get me out of here, get me out of here.' But me and another guy helped a few of the people down. One lady specifically I remember, just gushing blood, you know, from her head and stuff. And we just helped her get out, that was it, you know," recalled Pat Jacino of Easton.

Witnesses we talked to say the driver of the tractor trailer was up and walking around after the wreck the cab broke off and ended up about 50 yards away on its side down an embankment.

The tractor trailer driver was identified as Franklin Wyatt of Oklahoma and he is being treated at Geisinger-CMC in Scranton for minor injuries.

Jacino saw him walking around after the crash and fears the driver may have fallen asleep.

"I'm human, I get tired. If I get tired, I'll pull over if I get tired. I got a family, four kids, God forbid if I were to hurt somebody," Jacino said.

39 comments

  • john

    I’m surprised we haven’t had a martz wreck the way some of there drivers drive. They treat the highway as a race track.

  • Kelly Ashland

    i just looked this stuff up 2013 their was 22,383 fatalities for auto crashes in the US and of those only 3906 involved trucks over 10,000lbs so that leaves 18,477 fatalities that trucks over 10,000lbs were NOT involved in, so with a little math you are 6 times more likely to be killed in a non truck crash. and more info to chew on their was 10,597,356 trucks registered for road use.

    • Heather

      Let me know how you handle it when all the store shelves are empty after a week and total anarchy ensues over the last roll of toilet paper. There’s nothing out there that a trucker didn’t transport at some point.

  • James Moffatt

    This is same area of 380 that Gloria Estefan tour bus crashed in 1990. I don’t think she ever recovered from back injuries received in accident. She was headed to upper New York State when accident happened!

    • PoconoLew

      The numbering system for the Federal Interstate System is east-west roads have even numbers & north-south roads have odd numbers. I-380 seems to be misnamed since it runs north-south.

      • Tim

        380 is an auxiliary highway, therefore they do not follow the same rules as their parent highway. Odd first digit means they do not return to their origin– as 380 connects 80 with 81/84. Very common in the Interstate Highway System.

    • Buford T Justice

      There is no way that you came from my Loins. When I get home I’m gonna punch your momma in the mouth.

  • John

    Renovate and modernize our rail systems. Trucks are an integral part of our consumer economy but we’ve got far too many on our roads. Or we need more electronic driver assists and detection equipment monitoring driver condition and truck condition. Sorry to all those who are quick to defend the truck driver, but this tragedy was 100% the fault of the truck whether mechanical or otherwise

    • Heather

      How do you know it was the trucker’s fault? How do you know some idiot in a car didnt cut him off and make him lose control? My fiance drives and I can tell you from times I’ve been out with him, people do not know how to drive around trucks. They are constantly pulling into lanes in front of trucks and never giving the truck enough room. Always thinking 80,000+ pounds can stop on a dime like a car at 65+ mph.

    • Amy

      Prayers for the families involved.No one knows why the truck hit the bus so let’s not jump to conclusions here.The tire could have blown out for all we know.It is called an accident for a reason.

      • Heather

        Exactly. It’s going to be a few days before we know exactly what happened, so it’s not fair to.automatically blame the driver. There are a hundred different things that could have gone wrong. Give the guy a break. He has enough to live with for the rest of his life. I’d be amazed if he ever got back in another truck again.

  • ...

    I don’t really know much about the trucking industry so maybe I should keep my opinion to myself but I do not feel that truck drivers listen to the rules and regulations that are created to keep them and other drivers safe. Such as how long they are allowed to drive in a day, amount of rest needed and of course distractions (ie; texting). They are called accidents for a reason, I am sure he did not wake up with the thought of “hey lets cross that median and hit that bus and kill people.” Prayers to all the families involved!

    • shimom

      Omg another idiot what do you mean they don’t listen to the rules and regulations what about the people who are driving the cars who don’t know that the passing lane is for passing not driving , who don’t know that their cars have turn signals , who speed up when trucks are trying to pass them . Truck drivers have to account for every minute that they are on the clock , log books onboard computers , everything they do is tracked and if they are driving over hours then you can bet it is not by choice it is the company that they work for and most trucks on the road today have governors on them that won’t allow the truck to be driven over a certain speed . If you do not know what you are talking about perhaps you should not make comments.

      • ...

        I love that you called me an idiot as you basically reiterated my opinion. Oh let me explain what i mean by that since you seem to be a little uneducated about how to have civil and educational argument.

        Step 1. Not everyone will agree with your opinion (on both sides)
        Step 2. Accept that
        Step 3. You look weak when you start your arguments with name calling.
        Step 4. I mentioned “they” whether its the truck drivers or the company do not listen to regulations and rules.
        Step 5. you mentioned accountability, which is what regulations are for (imagine that?)
        Step 6. I did mentioned that I dont really know much about the trucking industry thus i explained how I felt
        Step 7. Not all trucks have governors, and they are also fairly easy to remove if you know what you’re doing, were you in that truck, do you know it had a governor, do you know if speed cause the accident? Did you speak to the truck driver, i mean you apparently seem to think you know it all, im sure these are simple questions for you to answer for me, so that my “idiotic” self can be more prepared to express my opinion the next time a semi slams into a bus or car closing down an interstate and killing 3 people.
        Step 8. Being that we know that the truck crossed the median, your argument is very invalid in the fact that you talk about other drives, we are not talking about other drives, we are talking about a truck and a bus and a horrific tragedy in our area.
        Step 9. You realize what a ignorant person you came off as while being a keyboard warrior.
        Step 10. I get a good laugh at your ignorance and what a fool you look like and the fact that everyone on the internet can see it.

        So unless you can answer all my questions with 100% accuracy in step 7 then please get off your high horse and go wash your mad mom in a mini van car or go help the trucking industry/penn dot resolve ALL the trafficking problems. Since you know everything, this should be REALLY easy for you. Go team!

        #Freedomofspeech

    • truck drivers wife

      Most trucks have electronic logs and can tell when the truck is moving when it’s stopped and where they are at all times. Most trucks are governed and can not drive over a certain speed which in most cases is set at 63. Most trucks systems know the speed of a truck and if they brake hard or turn hard. Most trucks will shut down if the time allowed to drive is exceeded. I know all this because my husband is a truck driver . I don’t know what caused this accident but regardless there are a lot of lives affected for a long time. It’s sad to see this and I’m only telling you about the equipment in trucks because you yourself said you know little about the industry.

  • Rod McStiffington

    There seems to be a disproportionately large number of accidents involving big trucks relative to the traffic as a whole. I appreciate the trucking industry attracts the hapless and slow-witted, so maybe its time to raise the bar and hiring standards.

    • ME2

      You don’t know what you’re talking about. Most truckers are regular people who are cautious drivers. They have to be, as their lives are on the line, too. Are there bad employees? Yes, just like in all other professions where people are trying to make a living.

    • LISAT

      Here we go again blaming the truck driver….without the facts you shouldn’t be making hapless slow-witted comments…using the name Rod Mcstiffington says a lot about you and what your opinion is worth…sending prayers to the families of those killed.

  • Joe Ruggiero

    I’m in favor of more Truck Enforcement. I e-mailed Penn Dot last month on this issue. Trucks travel to fast and the truck/bus speed limit should be lower than the speed limit for cars. They should not be permitted to travel in the left lanes.

    • Todd

      Well then I think you should rethink your opinion maybe you should have no food or clothes to put on or eat. It just is not the truck driver at fault. And another thing . maybe the in for cement office should pull cars. Vans . motorcycles over and check them to for lnsurence and drivers license. How’s that make ur day.

    • Heather

      Look around you at everything you have before you start slamming trucks. How do you think you got all that? Do you think some magic fairy brought it to the stores for you to buy? It got there in the back of one of these trucks that you want regulated so bad. Everything you see in stores got there thanks to those hard working men and women who miss so much being out on the road for weeks or months at a time. Think before you speak. If the things that you want to see happen do actually happen and those men and women decide to stop driving, America stops too.

    • shimom

      Omg another idiot what do you mean they don’t listen to the rules and regulations what about the people who are driving the cars who don’t know that the passing lane is for passing not driving , who don’t know that their cars have turn signals , who speed up when trucks are trying to pass them . Truck drivers have to account for every minute that they are on the clock , log books onboard computers , everything they do is tracked and if they are driving over hours then you can bet it is not by choice it is the company that they work for and most trucks on the road today have governors on them that won’t allow the truck to be driven over a certain speed . If you do not know what you are talking about perhaps you should not make comments. Keep showing your ignorance …… if you don’t know what you are talking about please keep your comments to yourself……………..

    • PoconoLew

      I share your frustration. The are speed limits are in place, but not inforced. Let’s stop the name calling & look for a solution to reduce the mumber of accidents.

    • Jay

      With all due respect to those involved in this crash, there are far more accidents on the 55mph section of I-81 then there are on I-380.

    • Sassy

      I hope they do. It’s scary driving that stretch of highway with trucks, cars and buses flying at 75 – 80 mph. This was a big mistake that I hope gets corrected quickly

  • So_Sad

    Praying for the family friends of those who passed and for healing for the injured. I would like to know how and why the truck crossed over the median!?

    • sssssssssssssssssssss

      I don’t have the answer to why they crossed the median, my guess is they fell asleep. I can answer how they crossed the median..It’s just grass. There are no barriers, apparently those cement barriers only go up when Penn Dot feels the roads are too close that it is not safe to drive without a rail to guide you (I think most of us are old/competent enough to know that we should be paying attention to the road). However, Penn Dot should probably start treating us like were fresh brand new 16 year old drivers and put the “bumper guards” (like bowling) up on every road.

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