Dozens killed after bus drives into parade in Haiti

Tammy Harvey
March 13, 2017

"The bus first hit two pedestrians, leaving one dead and one injured", Maria Alta Jean Baptiste, director of the Civil Police, told AFP.

Gonaives, a city in northern Haiti, is seen in May 2016.

"It then attempted to flee", she added, but ran into a group of musicians who were traveling on foot.

The incident occurred in the city of Gonaives, 90 miles outside the capital of Port-au-Prince.

It was not immediately clear what caused it to veer off course.

Emergency workers transported the injured to a hospital, while police tried to control an angry crowd that attacked the bus.

"The people who were not victims of the accident tried to burn the bus with the passengers inside", said Faustin Joseph, a coordinator at the civic protection office in the Artibonite region.

According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior, people began throwing rocks at the bus, injuring others.

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

The vehicle was travelling to Port-au-Prince when it crashed into a rara parade, a traditional street celebration involving local musicians, in Gonaives, Reuters news agency reports.

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