7 dead, 5 critical in Cuba bus crash

7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

A government-owned bus carrying tourists in eastern Cuba crashed Thursday, killing at least seven and injuring dozens of others, according to multiple reports.

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

The bus was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana, when it crashed near Guantánamo on Thursday.

Citizens from the UK, Canada, France, Mexico and the Netherlands were reportedly on board. Witnesses said 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.

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 passengers remain in critical condition.

The Cuban military runs the bus company, Viazul, which tourists frequently use to get around the island nation.

This is nothing new for Cuba, as the country's highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents a year ago in the country of 11 million people. This most recent crash is the fourth bus crash there this month.

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