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Posted October 07, 2007 by publisher in Cuban Culture

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At least 28 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in Cuba after a train collided with a bus at a level crossing, official media says.

The accident - which is the worst in Cuba for years - happened in Granma province in the east of the island.

Fifteen people are reported to be critically injured, and local people have been helping treat them.

Buses and trains are almost always overcrowded in Cuba, where much of the infrastructure is run down.

The accident happened when a train travelling from Santiago to Manzanillo slammed into a bus at a crossing in Yara, about 800km (500 miles) south-east of Havana.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the crash.

Last June 11 people were killed and 50 injured when a crowded truck flipped over in the Santiago area.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 08, 2007 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    From a yahoo group of Cuba railway buffs:

    More details on the deadly crash…..

    It took place at 11:45am it took place at the level crossing called
    La Mambisa close to Veguitas station at Yara municipality. 33 people
    are still in the hospital, 10 of which ar ein critical state.

    The accident took place when the driver of the “Camello-Bus” was
    crossing the tracks and the Santiago-Manazanillo passenger train
    impacted it on the right side of it, pushing it for some meters and
    then throwing it down a bridge.

    Of the people killed 1 was from Pilon, 1 from Media Luna, 1 from
    Guisa, 3 from Bayamo, 4 from Campechuela, 5 from Yara, and 10 were
    from Manzanillo, all in Granma province and all travelling on the
    camello bus, it is a truck with a huge bus body in the back carrying
    hundreds of people!

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