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Cuba bus crash: 7 killed, more than 30 injured

There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million Credit Julian Peters
Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2019, 00:04

Two Canadians are reportedly injured after a fatal bus crash in eastern Cuba on Thursday afternoon.

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

The bus, which was carrying tourists and local travellers, crashed on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

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.

Details about the names and nationalities of those injured or killed in the deadly crash have yet to be released.

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Other tourists were from Holland, Great Britain, France and Mexico.

This is nothing new for Cuba, as the country's highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. This most recent crash is the fourth bus crash there this month.

A spokesperson for the UK's Foreign Office said: 'We are seeking information from the Cuban authorities following a road traffic accident, and are ready to assist any British people who require our help'.

Three Cubans, two Argentine women, a German woman and a French man were among the dead, according to state-run radio. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents previous year in the country of 11 million.