Cuba bus 'carrying foreign tourists' crashes killing seven

A bus crashed on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo in Cuba on Jan. 11 2019. GOOGLE MAPS

A bus crash in eastern Cuba has left at least seven people dead, including four foreigners, and dozens others injured, local media say.

The names of those who have died have not yet been released. The injured were from the U.S., Britian, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

The bus was carrying tourists and local travellers in the far east of Cuba, on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

Witnesses told state-run Cuban News Agency that the driver had tried to overtake another vehicle but lost control on the wet road, resulting in the bus flipping over.

Five people, including two tourists, were critically injured.

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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.

A spokesperson for the UK's 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'.

Cuba's roads are notoriously poor with many of them badly-lit and poorly maintained, especially in that region of the country, our correspondent adds.

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

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

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