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In Cuba on a wet road overturned a bus, killing 7 people

There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million Credit Julian Peters
Jeannette Daniel | 13 January, 2019, 17:28

Seven people, including four foreign tourists, were killed and 33 others injured in a bus accident that occurred in eastern Cuba, local media reported on Friday.

The nationalities of the dead and injured have not been released.

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.

Tourists from Holland, Great Britain, France, Mexico and Canada were also listed as being on-board the bus.

The driver of the bus told Radio Guantanamo that he lost control on the wet and winding road.

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.

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In addition to the dead, three Cubans and two foreigners - 42-year-old Spaniard Felicita Hurtado and French woman Marline Alphonse, 63 - were said to be in a serious condition.

Five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital.

Viazul is run by the military's tourism wing and is one of the preferred ways for visitors to travel the island, the BBC's Will Grant in Havana reports.

This is nothing new for Cuba, as the country's highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes.

Thursday's wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month.

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