Britons among several injured in deadly Cuba bus crash

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

Seven people were killed and 33 others injured when a Via Azul bus carrying tourists and Cubans overturned in eastern Cuba, local media reported Friday.

Details about the names and nationalities of those injured or killed in the deadly crash have yet to be released.

The bus, which was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana, was carrying 40 people, including 22 foreigners, Radio Guantánamo reports (in Spanish).

Two British tourists were injured while onboard with local travellers and visitors from the Netherlands, France, Mexico and Canada.

Witnesses said the driver tried to pass another vehicle when he crashed.

The driver said he lost control of the coach due to a wet road, claiming to have been driving slowly, the newspaper reported.

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.

The Foreign Office said it was not able to confirm whether any British tourists were involved in the crash, but said it was "seeking information from the Cuban authorities following a road traffic accident, and are ready to assist any British people who require our help".

Roads in Cuba are poorly lit, narrow and poorly maintained.

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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