Traffic Crash in Yaguajay Leaves Three Dead and Two Seriously Injured

The crash occurred at 3:00 am. (La Voz de Yaguajay)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2017 — A traffic accident in the town of Yaguajay, in the province of Sancti Spíritus, has left three people dead and two injured, according to the local radio station The Voice of Yaguajay.

The crash, which occurred around three in the morning, involved a bus from the Villa Clara Urban Bus Company, and a horse-drawn vehicle which was hit by the state vehicle.

The bus driver, Elier Mederos Lopez, 44, died as a result of the crash, as did Denis Iglesias Granados, 21, along with one other person. All three were residents of the municipality of Yaguajay.

“As a result of the collision, the horse-drawn vehicle was destroyed and it was necessary to use a crane to extract the body of the busdriver ,” the radio station’s Facebook site reads. The horse pulling the cart also died in the crash.

Daniela Rodríguez García, just 17 years old, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Joaquín Paneca Hospital for back injuries and an ankle fracture, according to Dr. Yovisley Ruiz García, speaking to the local press.

The doctor also reported that the second injured, Jorge Ramón Cubilla Claro, 53, was sent to Camilo Cienfuegos Hospital for throat injuries and multiple rib fractures and is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

In August of this year another traffic crash took place in Yaguajay, on the Caibarién road, leaving one man dead and ten injured when the driver of a Dodge vehicle lost control and hit a house, dying instantly and causing significant damage to the property.

In the last five years there have been 56,605 traffic crashes on the Island that left 3,696 dead, which places it as the fifth cause of death in Cuba and the first among the age group of 15 to 29 years, according to official statistics.

More than 42,100 people were injured in these crashes which also caused an estimated loss of 2.5 billion Cuban pesos.


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