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28 killed as train hits bus in Cuba

At least 28 people were killed and 73 injured Saturday after a train crashed into a bus at a level crossing in southeast Cuba, state television reports.

At least 28 people were killed and 73 injured Saturday after a train crashed into a bus at a level crossing in southeast Cuba, state television reports.

Fifteen of the injured were in serious condition, according to media reports in the Caribbean island nation.

The train had left Santiago, headed for Manzanillo, in Granma province. It hit the bus in Yara, about 800 kilometres southeast of Havana, the reports say.

Cuban media say dozens of local people either helped rescue officials at the scene or donated blood to those who were hurt.

It's likely that both the bus and the train were packed with passengers. Few Cubans own cars, so public transport is often crowded.

In June, a truck being used as a commuter vehicleflipped over in the same part of the island, killing 11.