HAVANA – Six people were killed and 49 wounded after a passenger train struck a locomotive that was carrying sugarcane, about 5 kilometers from the city of Sancti Spiritus, in central Cuba, local media reported.
Both vehicles collided between Sancti Spiritus and the town of Tuinucu, according to Julio Miguel Vera, who was riding in the passenger rail car, as quoted by the digital newspaper Escambray.
“With the impact I flew through the door and saw how the locomotive was dragged several meters to the car,” Vera said about her experience.
All the deceased victims were reportedly residents of the province of Sancti Spiritus, located 360 kilometers east of Havana.
The wounded are receiving attention in the “Camilo Cienfuegos” General University Hospital, the main hospital institution of the province of Sancti Spiritus.
Interior Ministry officials are continuing to investigate the causes of the crash but noted that the passenger train crew did not respect the right of way, according to a new state television report.
Just one week ago, another accident in central Cuba left 48 people injured when a passenger bus overturned.
Traffic accidents are classified as the fifth leading cause of death in Cuba, which has a population of 11.1 million people, according to 2012 statistics, and the death rate for that cause exceeds six deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, according to official data.