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No Canadians among 7 killed in Cuban bus crash: government

No Canadians among 7 killed in Cuban bus crash: government

The names and nationalities of those killed and critically injured haven't been released.

The crash - which took place at around 8pm on Thursday (3pm local time) - happened in a south-eastern city of Guantánamo, around 1,000 miles away from the capital Havana. The passengers included tourists from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Canada.

Witnesses said the driver tried to pass another auto when he crashed.

The victims included two Argentinean women, aged 35, a 59-year-old German woman and a 67-year-old Frenchman, according to a list published by Radio Guantánamo.

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

According to Radio Guantanamo, two Canadians were injured - a 56-year-old man and a 54-year-old man.

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Meanwhile, five of the injured were said to be in critical condition in hospital.

The Cuban military runs the bus company, Viazul, which tourists frequently use to get around the island nation.

Roads in Cuba are poorly lit, narrow and poorly maintained.

Thursday's wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month. Previous year in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 vehicle accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways.

More than 4,000 people have died in traffic accidents in Cuba since 2012, the BBC reported.