At least 41 people were injured on Tuesday when a bus flipped over on a highway in the tourist zone of Soroa, in Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, government media reported.

The accident occurred on the road linking the town of Candelaria with Soroa when an automobile made an improper maneuver that blocked the bus's path and the driver swerved sharply to avoid the vehicle, eyewitnesses cited by the state-run AIN news agency said.

Three people were seriously hurt, with head and spinal injuries, and were taken to the Calixto Garcia Hospital in Havana, health authorities said.

Three others underwent surgery at Comandante Pinares Hospital in San Cristobal, Pinar del Rio, while the rest were treated in the emergency room and other facilities at that hospital.

A week ago, two people died and 40 were injured when a passenger bus collided with a truck in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba. EFE