No Canadians among 7 killed in Cuban bus crash: government

British tourists feared dead after seven killed in Cuba bus crash near Guantanamo | Daily Star

British tourists were feared to be among the casualties after a bus crashed in eastern Cuba, killing seven people.

The crash happened yesterday afternoon between Baracoa and Guantanamo on the eastern side of the island. The region is mountainous with winding roads.

The bus crashed on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo in a section known as Loma de la Herradura, according to Radio Guantanamo.

Officials were working to identify the dead.

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Five passengers remain in critical condition.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reported from Havana and Hira Humayun from Atlanta.

However, reports from Cuba indicate that the bus was carrying 18 locals and 22 tourists. We are providing consular assistance to Canadians who are affected.

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.

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This is nothing new for Cuba, as the country's highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. This most recent crash is the fourth bus crash there this month.

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

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

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