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Seven people are dead and five are in a critical condition after a bus carrying tourists crashed in Cuba.

Eighteen Cubans and 22 tourists were on board when it crashed in wet conditions between the eastern cities of Baracoa and Guantanmo.

Passengers' nationalities are listed as British, Dutch, French, Mexican and Canadian.

The identities of the crash victims have not been released.

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

Photographs of the scene show most of the front of the bus has been ripped away.

Local newspaper Juventud Rebelde reported the bus overturned after its driver lost control while trying to overtake on a slope.

In Cuba, there were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries from 11,187 accidents on the country's roads last year.

The latest crash is the fourth major bus accident in a month.


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