Tragic Accident in Eastern Cuba, Tourists and Cubans Dead or Injured

Tragic Accident in Eastern Cuba, Tourists and Cubans Dead or Injured

At least seven people were killed and dozens others injured after a bus carrying tourists and locals crashed in Cuba on Thursday, state-run media say.

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

The driver told local media that he was driving slowly and lost control due to a wet road at around 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

The vehicle crashed on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo. The report did not specify if foreigners were among those in critical condition.

A Frenchman and a German woman were also among the four tourists killed in the accident, along with three Cubans, the Venceremos newspaper said.

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

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".

Viazul operates buses between many large towns on Cuba and is a popular travel choice for tourists on the Caribbean island.

In 2018, there were 11,187 accidents resulting in 750 deaths nad 7,999 injuries, and Thursday's crash was the fourth major bus accident of the month.