Britons feared dead in Cuba bus crash that killed seven

January 11, 2019

Seven people are dead and five are in critical condition after a bus carrying tourists crashed in Cuba.

Eighteen Cubans and 22 tourists from the UK, the Netherlands, France, Mexico and Canada were on the bus when it crashed in wet conditions between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

The names and nationalities of those killed have not been released.

The driver told Radio Guantanamo he lost control on the wet and winding road.

Images show most of the front of the bus has been ripped away.

Local newspaper Juventud Rebelde reported the bus overturned after its driver lost control while trying to overtake on a slope.

Roads in Cuba are poorly lit, narrow and poorly maintained. Last year, there were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries from 11,187 accidents on the country's roads.

Thursday's crash is the fourth major bus accident in a month.

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

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