No Canadians among 7 killed in Cuban bus crash: government

A handout photo made available by the Juventud Rebelde newspaper shows injured people from the traffic accident, at the Guantanamo Province, Cuba, 10 January 2019 (issued 11 January 2019). 22 out of the 33 people injured in the accident are foreigners from seven countries, among them a 3-year-old Spanish boy, according to official Cuban media. Seven people were killed during the accident, three of them have been identified as Cubans. The 22 injured foreigners come from Spain, Argentina, US, France, The Netherlands, Canada and Mexico. EPA/Lilibeth Alfonso/Juventud Rebelde

HAVANA — 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.

State media report that the bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from Holland, Great Britain, France, Mexico and Canada when it crashed Thursday afternoon on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.

The names and nationalities of those killed haven't been released. Five people were also critically injured.

Global Affairs Canada says it is in contact with local authorities and ready to provide consular assistance to any Canadian citizens.

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

Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million. Thursday's wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month.

Associated Press, The Associated Press