At least 7 dead in Cuba bus crash

Postado Janeiro 11, 2019

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

The names and nationalities of those killed haven't been released.

State media reported that the bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Mexico and Canada when it crashed on a wet road between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

Radio Guantánamo said it had spoken to the driver of the bus who said he lost control of the bus in wet conditions on a bendy section of the road between Baracoa and Guantánamo.

Global Affairs also added, "consular officials are also in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to any Canadian citizens as required".

Five crash victims are still said to be in critical condition as medical staff in the country battle to save their lives.

Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. A year ago in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 vehicle accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways. Thursday's wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month.

While the extent of all the injuries from the latest crash isn't known, media in Cuba confirmed that of the 40 passengers on board, the 33 surviving people were all taken to a hospital in Guantanamo for treatment of their injuries.