Foreigners among seven dead in Cuba bus crash

Blanche Robertson
January 13, 2019

The passengers included tourists from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Canada.

The coach overturned while driving on the road linking the city of Baracoa, near Cuba's eastern tip, to the capital Havana.

Only the bus was carrying 40 people.

Five people, including two tourists, were critically injured.

The accident occurred on the winding mountain road linking Baracoa to Guantanamo when the driver tried to overtake another vehicle on a slippery road, according to the reports.

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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. Their ages range from 42 to 74.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said: "We continue to seek further information from the Cuban authorities following a road traffic accident, and are ready to assist any British people who require our help".

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

The incident was the fourth major bus accident in a month in Cuba, which has narrow, poorly lit, pothole-littered roads. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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