Seven killed after bus crashes in eastern Cuba

Five in critical condition as driver loses control of vehicle carrying locals and tourists

The bus that overturned near Guantanamo in eastern Cuba, while driving on the road linking the city of Baracoa, near the island’s eastern tip, to the capital Havana. Photograph: AFP Photo/www.cubadebate.cu

The bus that overturned near Guantanamo in eastern Cuba, while driving on the road linking the city of Baracoa, near the island’s eastern tip, to the capital Havana. Photograph: AFP Photo/www.cubadebate.cu

 

Seven people have died and five are in critical condition after a bus carrying tourists and local travellers crashed in eastern Cuba.

Two Argentine women, a German woman and a French man were among those killed in the accident on Thursday, provincial station Radio Guantanamo said.

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

Illustration: Maps4News
Illustration: Maps4News

The driver told Radio Guantanamo he lost control on the wet and winding road.

Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 incidents last year in the country of 11 million.

Thursday’s wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month. – AP/Reuters