Four foreign tourists among seven dead in Cuban road accident

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The federal government says no Canadians were among the seven people killed when a bus carrying tourists and local travellers crashed in far eastern Cuba.

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.

"Of the 40 passengers, 22 were foreigners from countries like Holland, England, France, Mexico and Canada", said Venceremos.

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Witnesses said the driver tried to pass another vehicle when he crashed. The Thursday accident also claimed the lives of three Cubans, according to Radio Guantanamo.

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

Five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital.

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The Foreign Office said it was not able to confirm whether any British tourists were involved in the crash, but said it was "seeking information from the Cuban authorities following a road traffic accident, and are ready to assist any British people who require our help".

Viazul is run by the military's tourism wing and is one of the preferred ways for visitors to travel the island, the BBC's Will Grant in Havana reports.

Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes.

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A year ago there were 11,187 accidents, resulting in 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries. This most recent crash is the fourth bus crash there this month.