Britons feared dead in Cuba bus crash that killed seven

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2019

Among those killed were two Argentine women, a German and a French.

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

The crash - which took place at around 8pm on Thursday (3pm local time) - happened in a south-eastern city of Guantánamo, around 1,000 miles away from the capital Havana.

The driver said he lost control of the coach due to a wet road, claiming to have been driving slowly, the newspaper reported.

Witnesses said the driver tried to pass another vehicle when he crashed.

The bus from the state-owned company Viazul was carrying 40 passengers, including 22 foreigners.

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The Cubans were two men, aged 32 and 47, and a 34-year-old woman.

Five others are in a critical condition following the accident in the east on Thursday afternoon. Their ages range from 42 to 74.

A spokeswoman 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.

On top of the road being wet and winding, Cuba's highways are also known for being poorly lit, too narrow, and riddled with potholes.

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