Cuba coach crash leaves British tourists injured

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Image caption, All 16 tourists were taken to hospital after the crash

Two female British tourists are in hospital after a coach crashed in southern Cuba.

Cuban state media said Irish, Russian, Dutch, Czech and Philippine nationals were also among the 16 passengers on the bus, which overturned near the city of Cienfuegos on Thursday evening.

Three women are still in hospital, including the two Britons, one of whom is in intensive care.

The hospital said the condition of all three women was stable.

All the tourists on the bus were taken to hospital in Cienfuegos but most have now been discharged.

A Cuban driver and two guides were also on the vehicle at the time.

It is not yet known what caused the bus to swerve off the road on its way from the colonial town of Trinidad to the beach resort of Varadero.

The BBC's Cuba correspondent Sarah Rainsford said it was the height of the tourist season, during which coaches were the main means of moving around the island.

Most roads are poorly maintained and dangers include large, unmarked potholes, and untethered animals although major accidents are relatively rare, our correspondent added.

British Embassy officials visited the injured tourists at the hospital on Friday and said they were "providing consular assistance".

A spokesman for the embassy in Havana said it was raining at the time of the crash.

Embassy staff had been "in touch with the local authorities to try to find out what happened," he added.

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