Six dead in various traffic accidents in Cuba in the last week of the year

Six dead in various traffic accidents in Cuba in the last week of the year

The streak of accidents registered in Cuba in the last week of this 2022 has claimed the lives of at least six people. The authorities have not offered many details of the events so far, but reports on social networks show that the provinces of Ciego de Ávila, Guantánamo and Camagüey have been the deadliest.

the only accident published by the official press is what happened this Wednesday in Los Arabos, Matanzas, described by cubadebate as “massive”. The newspaper indicated that the injured were transferred to the Dr. Mario Muñoz de Colón Hospital, where nine people are hospitalized.

One of the most spectacular accidents occurred this Tuesday in the tourist corridor to Cayo Coco, in Morón, Ciego de Ávila, when a Yutong bus rammed a Lada brand vehicle. In the Facebook group Accidents and Trucks They assured that the impact caused the immediate death of a woman, still unidentified, who was accompanying the car, while the driver was transferred in serious condition to the Roberto Rodríguez Teaching Provincial Hospital, where he died.

On the outskirts of the city of Matanzas there was also a spectacular accident this Monday, after a truck lost its brakes and hit a vehicle in a curve known as La Herradura, on the road to Cidra. Users of the Facebook group noted that two unidentified people lost their lives, and several were left with injuries and injuries.

The highway that connects Guantánamo and Baracoa was the scene of a collision between a car and a motorcycle on Monday night, where a woman and a man died

The highway that connects Guantánamo and Baracoa was the scene of a collision between a car and a motorcycle on Monday night, where a woman and a man died. Based on comments from relatives of one of those involved, the motorcycle driver was identified as Raudel Perales. Later it was confirmed that the second victim was a doctor, Mirka Rodríguez Monges.

Guantánamo journalist Miguel Reyes Mendoza said that Rodríguez Monges was transferred to the Dr. Agostinho Neto General Teaching Hospital with serious injuries, but there was no time to do X-rays. The doctors diagnosed fractures in the femur and tibia, as well as head trauma, which caused his death.

Last week it also closed with several fatal accidents. On Thursday, December 22, the crash of a truck against an almendrón was reported, leaving two people dead and another injured, while the driver fled and was arrested by the authorities shortly after.

Similarly, last Thursday he passed away Anabel Carbonellan official of Grupo Causal SA, a state-owned insurance and financial services company, in a traffic accident that occurred on the Malecón in Havana.

Cuba registered 8,187 traffic accidents between January and October 2022, an increase of 27% compared to the same period in 2021, when mobility decreased due to measures to contain the spread of covid-19. These road accidents claimed the lives of 566 Cubans (41% more than a year ago) and left 6,175 injured (36%), reported the official newspaper workers the secretary of the National Highway CommissionReinaldo Becerra.

According to official data, one person dies for every two accidents. The authorities point out that the main causes are lack of attention when driving and encroaching on the opposite lane, as well as speeding. They also attribute ignoring traffic signals, making inappropriate turns and the low perception of risk for pedestrians and drivers.

During Christmas and the end-of-year festivities, road trips frequently increase, as many Cubans travel to spend those moments with their families. The consumption of alcohol at this time, the rush to reach the destination and the overload of passengers in the vehicles also contribute to the occurrence of more accidents on the roads.


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