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Posted April 22, 2003 by publisher in Cuban Culture

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HAVANA - A bus and a semi truck collided on a highway in central Cuba Thursday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 71, the government said.
The collision occurred before dawn as one of the vehicles swerved to avoid an animal and struck the other vehicle, according to the government’s National Information Agency. But it wasn’t immediately clear which vehicle swerved, causing the crash.
The agency known said at least one child was among the dead.

The accident near the central provincial capital of Santa Clara, about 155 miles east of Havana, was also reported on government television and radio and the state-run newspaper Vanguardia in Santa Clara.

Vanguardia reported that there were 44 people riding on the bus, which was eastbound on a regular trip to the eastern city of Santiago.

It was not immediately clear if the other victims were traveling in the tractor-trailer or were in other vehicles.

Truck drivers here sometimes allow passengers to travel on their flatbed trailers.

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