7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

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

Two Britons were among those injured when a bus crashed in Cuba, killing seven people, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The bus was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana, when it crashed near Guantánamo on Thursday. The region is mountainous with winding roads.

The bus was carrying tourists and local travellers in the far east of Cuba, on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

Officials were working to identify the dead. Six of the injured victims were in critical condition.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reported from Havana and Hira Humayun from Atlanta. The Thursday accident also claimed the lives of three Cubans, according to Radio Guantanamo.

Some 33 people were injured, including citizens from the United Kingdom, the US, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

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Witnesses told state-run Cuban News Agency that the driver had tried to overtake another vehicle but lost control on the wet road, resulting in the bus flipping over.

The names and nationalities of those killed have not been released.

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

Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes.

Previous year there were 11,187 accidents, resulting in 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries.

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