Cuba tourist bus crash kills three locals, four foreigners

A bus crashed on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo in Cuba on Jan. 11 2019. GOOGLE MAPS

Seven people have died and five are in critical condition after a bus carrying local travellers and tourists, including British visitors, crashed in eastern Cuba.

The accident happened between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantánamo.

The bus was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana, when it crashed near Guantánamo on Thursday. The tourists are reported to be from Holland, Great Britain, France, Mexico, and of course Canada.

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

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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The driver told a different story, saying that he lost control on a slick road. Three Cubans, two Argentine women, a German woman and a French man were among the dead, according to state-run radio.

Viazul operates buses between many large towns on Cuba and is a popular travel choice for tourists on the Caribbean island.

The road is said to be one of the most unsafe in Cuba, where roads are poorly maintained and accidents are frequent, correspondents say.

In 2018, there were 11,187 accidents resulting in 750 deaths nad 7,999 injuries, and Thursday's crash was the fourth major bus accident of the month.

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