No Canadians Among Those Killed In Cuba Bus Crash: Global Affairs Canada

The crash occurred Thursday between Baracoa and Guantanamo according to local media reports in Cuba

The crash occurred Thursday between Baracoa and Guantanamo according to local media reports in Cuba

The bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from Britain, the Netherlands, France, Mexico and Canada, according to Cuban media.

"Cuban authorities have confirmed that no Canadians are among those who died in this bus crash".

"We are now providing assistance to two British nationals who were injured on the bus".

According to official statistics, there were 11,187 road accidents in 2017 that left 750 people dead and 7,999 injured from a population of 11.1 million.

Thirty-one of the injured were being treated at the local hospital.

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.

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

This is nothing new for Cuba, as the country's highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. The Canadians are not listed among the critical but the extent of their injuries is not yet known. Previous year in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 vehicle accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways.

"Global Affairs Canada is aware of reports of a bus crash in Cuba involving foreign tourists".

Thursday's wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month.

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