Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cuba bus crash: Several people dead ‘including Britons’

Cuba bus crash: Several people dead ‘including Britons’

A number of locals and tourists including Canadians were on board a deadly bus crash in Cuba that killed seven people.

According to official statistics, there were 11,187 road accidents in 2017 that left 750 people dead and 7,999 injured from a population of 11.1 million. The injured were from the U.S., Britian, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

The bus was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana, when it crashed near Guantánamo on Thursday.

But witnesses told the station that the crash happened after the driver attempted to overtake a vehicle before changing his mind when he saw an approaching lorry. The three dead victims identified so far are Cubans.

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The Cubans were two men, aged 32 and 47, and a 34-year-old woman.

The Foreign Office said it was not able to confirm whether any British tourists were involved in the crash, but said it was "seeking information from the Cuban authorities following a road traffic accident, and are ready to assist any British people who require our help".

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.

Cuba's roads are notoriously poor with many of them badly-lit and poorly maintained, especially in that region of the country, our correspondent adds. Past year in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 auto accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways.

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