HAVANA – At least 14 people died and more than 33 were injured Monday when two trucks packed with passengers collided on Cuba’s main east-west highway, the official AIN news agency said, citing authorities.
The crash took place in the central province of Ciego de Avila.
Doctors, nurses and hospital technicians from the Antonio Luaces Iraola hospital provided first aid to the 33 injured people who were taken to medical centers.
Police Lt. Yordanis Rodriguez told AIN that the drivers were racing, as was the case in an accident last Friday in eastern Cuba that left six dead and a dozen injured.
The accident on Friday occurred in Guantanamo province when a truck whose driver was operating the vehicle “in an irresponsible manner was engaging in a race” with the other vehicle. Both drivers were employees of the same state-run firm, AIN reported.
There is a great lack of transportation on the communist island and Cubans resort to tractors, cargo trucks and cars pulled by draught animals, among other things, to be able to move around.
On Jan. 8, four people died and 43 were injured when two tractors pulling trailers with passengers on board collided on a bridge in the central province of Villa Clara. EFE