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1 dead, 71 hurt in eastern Cuba bus crash

February 18, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban media say an overloaded truck used as a bus has crashed on a mountain road in the eastern province of Granma, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring 71 people.

Juventud Rebelde reports that the vehicle was carrying more than 70 passengers when the driver lost control Monday morning.

A photograph on the newspaper’s website shows the overturned rust-orange truck with its front end crumpled.

The boy who died was the driver’s assistant. Those with injuries were hospitalized, and officials said none were life-threatening.

Communist Party newspaper Granma said Tuesday that the vehicle was carrying “more passengers than allowed.” It said a preliminary investigation suggests the truck-bus was not adequately equipped to carry passengers along the steep, curvy roads of the Sierra Maestra mountain range.

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