Four foreign tourists among seven dead in Cuban road accident

There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million

There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million Credit Julian Peters

The accident occurred at 3pm in the afternoon and patients were through the hospital doors within two hours, transported by ambulances and civilian vehicles.

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.

Of the 40 passengers on the bus that crashed on a scenic but hazardous stretch of road between the eastern towns of Baracoa and Guantanamo, 22 were foreigners. The injured were from the U.S., Britian, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

The bus was travelling from Baracoa to the capital, Havana.

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

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

A Frenchman, a German woman and two Argentine women were among the dead, along with three Cubans, Venceremos newspaper said.

The incident was the fourth major bus accident in a month in Cuba, which has narrow, poorly lit, pothole-littered roads. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents past year in the country of 11 million people. The Canadians are not listed among the critical but the extent of their injuries is not yet known.

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