7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

14 January, 2019, 13:14 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Two Britons were among those injured when a bus crashed in Cuba, killing seven people, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The driver said he lost control of the coach due to a wet road, claiming to have been driving slowly, the newspaper reported.

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

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 accident occurred on a highway that connects the city of Guantanamo with the town of Baracoa. The journey includes a 125km mountain pass known as La Farola, which was considered one of the achievements of the Cuban revolution when it was opened in 1965.

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The names and nationalities of those killed and critically injured haven't been released.

The bus was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana, when it crashed near Guantánamo on Thursday.

The Cuban military runs the bus company, Viazul, which tourists frequently use to get around the island nation.

Cuba's roads are notoriously poor with many of them badly-lit and poorly maintained, especially in that region of the country, our correspondent adds.

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