7 dead, 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

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

British tourists were feared to be among the casualties after a bus crashed in eastern Cuba, killing seven people. The region is mountainous with winding roads.

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.

Officials were working to identify the dead.

Five people, including two tourists, were critically injured.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reported from Havana and Hira Humayun from Atlanta.

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"Cuban authorities have confirmed that no Canadians are among those who died in this bus crash", Global Affairs Canada said in a statement.

The driver told a different story, saying that he lost control on a slick road.

"We are now providing assistance to two British nationals who were injured on the bus". The Thursday accident also claimed the lives of three Cubans, according to Radio Guantanamo. The Canadians are not listed among the critical but the extent of their injuries is not yet known.

The road is said to be one of the most risky in Cuba, where roads are poorly maintained and accidents are frequent, correspondents say. A year ago in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 vehicle accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways. This most recent crash is the fourth bus crash there this month.

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