Haitians killed after bus run into crowd

Marcus Newton
March 13, 2017

A bus has hit a crowd of people near the Haitian city of Gonaives, killing 38 people and injuring 15 according to reports.

The vehicle mowed down two pedestrians, killing one, and then rammed into a group of musicians as it tried to flee, officials have said.

The incident took place approximately 150km north of the capital Port-au-Prince in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"First, the bus plowed into two pedestrians, killing one of them, and injuring the other", Marie-Alta Jean Baptiste, head of Haiti's civil protection office, told AFP.

While trying to speed away he ran over a group of street musicians.

Rara is a type of Haitian music played on traditional instruments, with onlookers often joining in the procession.

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Police were attempting to control angry crowds as they transported the injured to hospital, Sky News reported. Following the accident, people began throwing rocks at the bus and other vehicles.

The bus driver fled the scene and remains at large, Faustin said.

"The bus, the passengers and the driver were placed under protection at the station in Gonaives".

He said the cause of the accident was unclear.

Haitian roads are unsafe and chaotic, with few rules observed by pedestrians and drivers.

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