Two Britons injured in fatal bus crash in Cuba

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

British tourists were feared to be among the casualties after a bus crashed in eastern Cuba, killing seven people.

The names of those who have died have not yet been released.

The vehicle crashed on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo. The passengers included tourists from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Canada.

According to reports from Cuba, the driver, who clearly was not killed in the crash, said he lost control of the bus while on a wet and winding highway.

Five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital.

In addition to the dead, three Cubans and two foreigners - 42-year-old Spaniard Felicita Hurtado and French woman Marline Alphonse, 63 - were said to be in a serious condition.

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

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

Previous year there were 11,187 accidents, resulting in 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries.

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

Traffic accidents are common in Cuba and have resulted in some 4,400 deaths since 2012, according to official data.

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