Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Seven killed as tourist bus crashes in Cuba

Seven killed as tourist bus crashes in Cuba

The passengers included tourists from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Canada.

Meanwhile, five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital.

The names and nationalities of those killed and critically injured haven't been released. "We are providing consular assistance to Canadians who are affected".

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A Frenchman, a German woman and two Argentine women were among the dead, along with three Cubans, Venceremos newspaper said. Among the injured are 11 locals and 22 tourists.

According to Radio Guantanamo, two Canadians were on the bus - a 56-year-old man and a 54-year-old man, however, the extent of their injuries is not yet known.

The driver, in turn, stated that he had lost control of the bus because the road surface was too wet, insisting that he was driving at a low speed and did not interact with other vehicles.

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"Global Affairs Canada is aware of reports of a bus crash in Cuba involving foreign tourists".

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.

Thursday's crash is the fourth major bus accident in a month. A year ago in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 auto accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways.

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