Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cuba: Tour Bus Slides Off Road, Flips Over, 14 Foreigners Injured

According to The International Business Times, a tour bus packed with foreigners crashed in Cuba, between the towns of Trinidad and Varadero in Cienfuegos province, on Thursday evening (July 4).

The injured included six Russians, two Britons, four Dutch nationals, two Czechs, one Filipino and one Irish citizen.

The vehicle was driving in the rain when it slid off the road and flipped over on to its side. Sixteen people were injured, of whom three are in a serious condition, with two having undergone surgery. They are being treated at Cienfuegos hospital.

COMMENT: A physician in Cienfuegos said none of the victims had life-threatening injuries, save one, with most suffering minor lesions and broken collarbones. 

Never knowing when a traveler may be injured or become ill, it is wise for all travelers to subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage which generally runs US$8 per day.

In many countries, not having an immediate guarantee of payment for treatment may inhibit prompt care, yet knowing how proud Cuba is of its medical system, although there are medical critics, it is unlikely that any of the foreigners were charged for their medical care.