Cuba bus 'carrying foreign tourists' crashes killing seven

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 11, 2019

Two Canadians are reportedly injured after a fatal bus crash in eastern Cuba on Thursday afternoon.

The names and nationalities of those killed have not been released.

State media reported that the bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Mexico and Canada when it crashed on a wet road between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

Five passengers remain in critical condition.

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 UK Foreign Office said it was "seeking information from the Cuban authorities" and that it was "ready to assist any British people who require our help", a spokesperson told the BBC.

On top of the road being wet and winding, Cuba's highways are also known for being poorly lit, too narrow, and riddled with potholes. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents a year ago in the country of 11 million. This most recent crash is the fourth bus crash there this month. "We are providing consular assistance to Canadians who are affected".

According to the local radio station, seven people have died, including three Cubans and four foreigners, and 33 are injured, including 11 Cubans and 22 foreigners.

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