Bus crash in Cuba leaves 7 dead

CUBA ACCIDENT | 11 de enero de 2019

Havana, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- Seven people were killed and 33 others injured when a bus carrying mainly tourists flipped over on a highway in the southeastern province of Guantanamo, Cuban media said.

The accident occurred Thursday night on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

The three fatalities who have been identified were all Cuban citizens, while the injured include 22 travelers from Spain, Argentina, the United States, France, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, Cuba's official ACN news agency reported.

One of those hurt was a 3-year-old Spanish boy who is listed in guarded but stable condition at Agostinho Neto hospital in Guantanamo, where all of the injured were taken.

Five of the injured are in critical condition, ACN said.

Passengers told ACN that the road was wet and slippery when the bus flipped over while the driver was trying to pass another vehicle.

The bus was on its way to Havana from Baracoa with 40 passengers at the time of the accident, the second major transportation incident in eastern Cuba in less than a week.

A dozen people were hurt on Jan. 8 when a bus collided with a passenger train in the province of Granma.

Traffic accidents are the fifth-leading cause of death in Cuba, killing an average of one person every 12 hours in 2018 and more than 4,400 in all since 2012.

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