Many killed in Cuban train crash

Campaign News | Monday, 8 October 2007

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 say.

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.

Few other details were made available in state media, which often shy away from covering such accidents.

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

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