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Seven dead in traffic accident in eastern Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 11 (ACN) Seven people died in a traffic accident on Thursday afternoon on the La Herradura hill, located at kilometer 25 of the Guantánamo-Baracoa road, the most important in this eastern province.

According to statements by witnesses to the tragic event, the event occurred when the driver of the bus with about 40 people on board (including drivers), which covered the route between the city of Baracoa and Havana, lost control of the vehicle when trying to overtake another car and overturned on the road.
The 33 injured were transferred to the Doctor Agosthino Neto General Teaching Hospital, in the city of Guantánamo, and two minors were referred to the Pedro Agustín Pérez Pediatric, where after being evaluated in the ER, a 12-year-old girl from Baracoa was discharged, and a 3-year old Spanish boy is kept in the intermediate care room with multiple traumas, reported care, but stable.
Among the accident victims treated in hospital there are 22 foreigners from Spain, Argentina, the United States, France, Holland, Canada and Mexico, and 11 Cubans from Guantánamo, Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Ávila, Havana and Camagüey provinces.
Dr. Yondris Reyes Domínguez, deputy clinical surgical director and acting director of the "Agosthino Neto", told the ACN that once the accidents had been assessed by a team of specialists in trauma, orthopedics and surgery, five of them were preliminarily in critical condition (code red), three were in intermediate danger to life (code yellow) and 25 were stable (code green).
However, he emphasized, with the passage of hours and depending on experience in these cases, there may be changes in color codes, from mild to severe or vice versa, so patients are constantly re-evaluated.
Reyes Domínguez pointed out that most of the injuries correspond to trauma to the bony parts, extremities and the cranio-encephalic mass, and stressed that they have all the logistical assurances to face this situation.
With visible signs of injuries on her body, still dizzy while waiting on a stretcher to receive the X-ray service, Ana Delia Perez, from Santiago de Cuba, told ACN that the road was very wet when the accident occurred.
Fabricio Godoy, a 24-year-old Argentinean, told the ACN that he was half asleep and woke up confused by the screams of the other passengers. He saw that the bus lost control, the road was very slippery and turned to the left side, and at that moment people "flew", but he went off by himself, walking, with a blow, but almost unharmed.
The medical student who is traveling alone all over Cuba, described the attention he received as perfect," he said, "the staff is very attentive, they have been very attentive to me, worried about my condition.
After 11 p.m. on Thursday night, experts from the Ministry of the Interior worked at the scene of the accident to determine the exact causes of the accident.
La Herradura hill is a site of high accident rate on the Guantánamo-Baracoa road and has recently received repair and maintenance actions that favour road safety and the preservation of the technical state of the vehicles.

 

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