Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

Officials in Cuba are investigating the cause of a bus crash that left seven people dead in the eastern party of the country, state media reported.

State media reported that 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Mexico and Canada were on board the bus when it crashed on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo. Five people were also critically injured.

The dead ranged in age from 32 to 67, according to a tweet by Radio Guantánamo, which identified the injured US citizen as Allison Alida Kemmer. The journey includes a 125km mountain pass known as La Farola, which was considered one of the achievements of the Cuban revolution when it was opened in 1965. Among the injured are 11 locals and 22 tourists.

According to local radio station Radio Guantanamo, the driver said he lost control of the vehicle in wet and slippery conditions as he was driving along a winding section of road.

The road is said to be one of the most risky in Cuba, where roads are poorly maintained and accidents are frequent, correspondents say. Thursday's wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month. Previous year in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 auto accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways.

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