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56 Dead in Cuba Train-Bus Accident

November 7, 1997

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A passenger train collided with a bus in eastern Cuba on Thursday, killing at least 56 people and seriously injuring six.

The crash happened at a railroad crossing in Holguin province, a sugar-producing area near the island’s eastern tip, according to a reporter in Havana contacted by telephone.

The bus, operated by the Giron line, apparently tried to out-run the train at a railroad crossing. The train struck the center of the bus and dragged it several yards down the tracks, the reporter said.

All of the victims were passengers on the bus. All but one of the victims were residents of Holguin province; the other was a Havana resident. The injured were listed in critical condition at local hospitals.

The crash happened at a crossing known as Crucero del Rey in the town of Urbano Rey, about 300 miles east of Havana.

The bus was scheduled to make a stop in the town, one of Cuba’s largest sugar-producing centers.

Thursday’s crash was the deadliest traffic accident in Cuba in recent years.