Published: Sat, January 12, 2019

7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

Five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital. The passengers included tourists from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Canada.

The accident happened between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantánamo.

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

While little is know about the victims, at this time there are indications of what caused the bus to crash in the first place.

The accident occurred on the winding mountain road linking Baracoa to Guantanamo when the driver tried to overtake another vehicle on a slippery road, according to the reports.

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

Cuba remains a popular destination for Canadian travellers though.

Unfortunately for the country, they are no stranger to crashes of this kind.

In 2018, there were 11,187 accidents resulting in 750 deaths nad 7,999 injuries, and Thursday's crash was the fourth major bus accident of the month.

From those crashes, 750 people were killed and nearly 8000 people were injured.

The dead ranged in age from 32 to 67, according to a tweet by Radio Guantánamo, which identified the injured US citizen as Allison Alida Kemmer.

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