Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

Seven people are dead and five are in critical condition after a bus crashed in Cuba Seven people are dead and five are in critical condition after a bus crashed in Cuba
Pablo Mccormick | 13 January, 2019, 17:30

The federal government says no Canadians were among the seven people killed when a bus carrying tourists and local travellers crashed in far eastern Cuba.

The coach overturned while driving on the road linking the city of Baracoa, near Cuba's eastern tip, to the capital Havana.

Five others are in a critical condition following the accident in the east on Thursday afternoon.

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The victims included two Argentinean women, aged 35, a 59-year-old German woman and a 67-year-old Frenchman, according to a list published by Radio Guantánamo.

"We are now providing assistance to two British nationals who were injured on the bus". The passengers included tourists from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Canada.

Witnesses told state-run Cuban News Agency that the driver had tried to overtake another vehicle but lost control on the wet road, resulting in the bus flipping over.

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Cuban highways are poorly lighted, narrow and rutted with huge potholes.

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

While the extent of all the injuries from the latest crash isn't known, media in Cuba confirmed that of the 40 passengers on board, the 33 surviving people were all taken to a hospital in Guantanamo for treatment of their injuries.

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