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Sunday, February 8, 2009


If anyone has any more information on this terrible TRAIN CRASH IN CUBA, please post it in the comments section. I as well as many other people have family members in CUBA on vacation and would like to know if they were on this train.

Below, is the little bit of information I could gather on this TRAIN CRASH IN CUBA.

Two passenger trains have crashed in Cuba, leaving three people dead and 93 others injured. Two of the injured are said to be in a critical condition after suffering fractured skulls.

Investigators are now trying to establish why the trains collided as they were passing each other near Sibanicu city in Camaguey province. Analysts say Cuba's railways have suffered from a lack of investment and upkeep over the past 50 years.

The government says it has earmarked $500m (£338m) for modernising the rail infrastructure. Adelante, the province's state-controlled newspaper, reported that the accident happened at about 0830 local time (1330 GMT) on Saturday. Several of the carriages of one of the trains left the tracks and tumbled away from the tracks.

Adelante reported that the trains should have been on parallel lines at the time of the accident. The National Information Agency said Minister of Transport Jorge Luis Sierra was in the area to inspect the crash site.

Authorities were investigating why the eastbound and westbound trains hit as they were passing each other on parallel tracks at about 8:30 a.m., outside the city of Sibanicu in Camaguey province, according to the Online edition of Adelante, the province's state-controlled newspaper.

The impact knocked some of the cars from the tracks, killing three passengers and injuring 93 others, two of whom were in serious condition, according to state television.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Camaguey, capital of the province of the same name.

One of the trains had left Havana bound for the eastern city of Santiago, 540 miles (860 kilometers) to the east, and the other was heading west toward Havana from the coastal city of Manzanillo, 480 miles (775 kilometers) from the capital.