'Seven dead and 33 injured as bus carrying tourists crashes in Cuba'

Lester Mason
January 11, 2019

The federal government says no Canadians were among the seven people killed when a bus carrying tourists and local travellers crashed in far eastern Cuba.

Twenty-two tourists and 18 Cubans were on board when the driver lost control in wet conditions and careered off the road.

The crash - which took place at around 8pm on Thursday (3pm local time) - happened in a south-eastern city of Guantánamo, around 1,000 miles away from the capital Havana.

Details about the names and nationalities of those injured or killed in the deadly crash have yet to be released. The tourists are reported to be from Holland, Great Britain, France, Mexico, and of course Canada.

On top of the road being wet and winding, Cuba's highways are also known for being poorly lit, too narrow, and riddled with potholes.

The UK Foreign Office said it was "seeking information from the Cuban authorities" and that it was "ready to assist any British people who require our help", a spokesperson told the BBC.

Three Cubans, two Argentine women, a German woman and a French man were among the dead, according to state-run radio.

In 2018, there were 11,187 accidents resulting in 750 deaths nad 7,999 injuries, and Thursday's crash was the fourth major bus accident of the month.

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