Tourists killed as Cuba bus crashes in wet weather – Brits among injured
Written by News on 12/01/2019
Seven people are dead and five are in a critical condition after a bus carrying tourists crashed in Cuba.
Two Britons – a couple understood to be in their 70s – are among those injured, the UK’s Foreign Office has confirmed. They are not thought to be seriously hurt.
Eighteen Cubans and 22 tourists were on board when it crashed in wet conditions between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantanmo.
As well as the Britons, passengers’ nationalities are listed as Dutch, French, Mexican and Canadian.
The identities of the crash victims have not been released.
The driver told Radio Guantanamo he lost control on the wet and winding road.
Photographs of the scene show most of the front of the bus has been ripped away.
Local newspaper Juventud Rebelde reported the bus overturned after its driver lost control while trying to overtake on a slope.
Roads in Cuba are poorly lit, narrow and poorly maintained. Last year, there were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries from 11,187 accidents on the country’s roads.
The latest crash is the fourth major bus accident in a month.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We continue to seek further information from the Cuban authorities following a road traffic accident, and are ready to assist any British people who require our help.
“We are currently providing assistance to two British nationals who were injured on the bus.”
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