HAVANA, Cuba, March 5, IWN – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Caucus in Cuba says that no student from the regional block died in the bus accident in the Spanish-speaking nation on the weekend.
“The CARICOM Heads of Mission in Havana seeks to clarify that news reports which claim that five students had been killed in a vehicular accident in Cuba are misleading,” the Caucus said in a release on Monday.
“The Caucus further wishes to assure the parents of students on scholarship in Cuba that NO Caribbean student died in the accident,” the release said.
The CARICOM Caucus, however, confirmed that there was an accident in which a bus carrying students to an activity to celebrate Grenada’s 39th Anniversary of Independence in the eastern province of Camaguey overturned along a highway.
The accident resulted in minor injuries to some students from Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas and Mozambique, who were all treated at hospital and discharged, the release further stated.
“The Caucus later learnt Sunday of the lamentable death of one Cuban national as a result of the accident in circumstances which have not been made clear.
The CARICOM Heads of Mission regrets the alarmist nature of the news report datelined Havana and for which none of the CARICOM Embassies in Havana had been contacted for clarification prior to publication,” the release said.