Cuba bus crash: 7 killed, more than 30 injured

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

The crash happened yesterday afternoon between Baracoa and Guantanamo on the eastern side of the island.

The bus was carrying tourists and local travellers in the far east of Cuba, on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

The 40 passengers included 22 foreigners from Spain, Argentina, the United States, France, the Netherlands, Britain, Canada and Mexico, according to the daily Venceremos and the ACN news agency.

The Foreign Office confirmed two British nationals were injured on the bus, but their condition is not known.

But witnesses told the station that the crash happened after the driver attempted to overtake a auto before changing his mind when he saw an approaching lorry.

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The driver told local media that he was driving slowly and lost control due to a wet road at around 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT). The report did not specify if foreigners were among those in critical condition.

Two Argentine women, a German woman and a French man were among those killed in the accident on Thursday, Radio Guantanamo said.

The road is said to be one of the most unsafe in Cuba, where roads are poorly maintained and accidents are frequent, correspondents say.

Thursday's crash is the fourth major bus accident in a month.

Last year, there were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries from 11,187 accidents on the country's roads.

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