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Cuba bus 'carrying foreign tourists' crashes killing seven Cuba bus crash: Foreigners among seven dead
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At least seven people were killed and dozens others injured after a bus carrying tourists and locals crashed in Cuba on Thursday, state-run media say. A bus crash in eastern Cuba has left at least seven people dead, including four foreigners, and dozens others injured, local media say.
Citizens from the UK, Canada, France, Mexico and the Netherlands were reportedly on board. Two of the foreigners were from Argentina while one was from France and another from Germany.
The driver told local media that he lost control on a road between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantánamo. Some 33 people were injured, including citizens from the UK, the US, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain.
Five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital. Thursday's accident happened between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantánamo.
The bus, from the state-owned company Viazul, was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana when it crashed at around 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT).
The driver told local media that he lost control on a wet section of the road. But witnesses said the accident happened after he tried to overtake another vehicle.
The victims included two Argentinean women, aged 35, a 59-year-old German woman and a 67-year-old Frenchman, according to a list published by Radio Guantánamo.
The Cubans were two men, aged 32 and 47, and a 34-year-old woman.
Meanwhile, five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital. Their ages range from 42 to 74.
The UK Foreign Office said it was "seeking information from the Cuban authorities" and that it was "ready to assist any British people who require our help," a spokesperson told the BBC.The UK Foreign Office said it was "seeking information from the Cuban authorities" and that it was "ready to assist any British people who require our help," a spokesperson told the BBC.
The bus, which was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana, was carrying 40 people, including 22 foreigners, Radio Guantánamo reports (in Spanish). 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.
The road is said to be one of the most dangerous in Cuba, where roads are poorly maintained and accidents are frequent, correspondents say. 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.
Traffic accidents are common in Cuba and have resulted in some 4,400 deaths since 2012, according to official data cited by EFE news agency.