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Cuba warns of rising rail danger, faster trains

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is reporting 33 accidents between trains and automobiles at rail crossings last year.

The island's state-run news media usually avoids the grisly accounts of crashes and violent crime that are common in other countries.

But an article in labor union newspaper Trabajadores describes cases in which drivers failed to stop at crossings and collided with trains.

Many crossings in Cuba lack barriers, although authorities are in the middle of a campaign to upgrade railways nationwide.

A Transportation Ministry official says those improvements mean trains are going faster, so there's even more need for caution now.

Trabajadores said Monday that 47 pedestrians were hit by trains in 2011. Thirty of them died.

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