accidents, transit, Cuba

MADRID, Spain.- One person lost his life and 9 were injured in a traffic accident that occurred this Saturday in Loma de la Ventana, one of the access points to the Cienfuegos mountain range through the municipality of Cumanayagua.

According to the local newspaper September 5, the driver Emilio Ramón Mayor Llerena, 56 years old, lost control of the truck “which plunged down one of the steep slopes, known for their danger.”

The passenger Alfredo Díaz Cabrera, from the town of Aguada de Pasajeros, died in the accident.

The injured, including a girl, were transferred to the General University Hospital Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima, in Cienfuegos.

The minor, out of danger, was referred to the Paquito González Cueto Pediatric Hospital.

The truck belonged to the Azcuba business group and was headed to San Blas.

Also this weekend a young motorist died because the driver of a truck backed up without realizing that he was behind.

According to information shared through social networksthe accident occurred in the municipality of Unión de Reyes, in the province of Matanzas.

The victim lived in the Matanzas town of Cidra.

Traffic accidents in Cuba since January 2022

Between January and May of this year in Cuba there have been 4,062 traffic accidents and more than 300 deaths, which represents a daily average of 27 accidents, two deaths and 30 injuries.

According to official data, this figure reflects growth compared to the years 2021 and 2020.

According to the Cuban authorities, the main causes of traffic accidents on the island are inattention by the driver, failure to comply with the right of way, and speeding. But the number of accidents and their mortality is also influenced by the poor condition of the roads and the country’s aging vehicle fleet, where cars more than 50 years old travel. To this are added the poor signage on the streets, the lack of lighting and the little road education.

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