At least 79 injured in Cuban train accident

09:32, June 29, 2011      

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At least 79 people were injured in Cuba on Tuesday when two trains collided in the Caribbean island's eastern Guantanamo province, hospital officials said.

Authorities said preliminary investigations indicated that the brakes of a small train did not work properly and it collided with a passenger train, and they believe this is the primary cause of the accident, adding that investigations into the circumstances of the collision will continue.

Rogelio Creach Bandera, director of Guantanamo's Regional Hospital, told local press that two people were in serious condition but most of the other injured only sustained minor injuries.

Train has been a vital transportation link for decades in Cuba and is used to transport both sugar and passengers, especially during the peak summer season.

Source: Xinhua
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