Runaway bus in northern Haiti kills up to 34 people, injures…
Mar 13 2017
A bus ran into a crowd in the city of Gonaives in northern Haiti on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounded 17 others, local report in capital Port-au-Prince quoted Haitian rescue officials as saying.
The death toll is now at 34, with 17 people sustaining injuries, according to Reuters.
The bus, which was coming from Cap Haitien to the capital Port-au-Prince, crashed into a "rara" parade in the town of Gonaives in the northern part of the country, authorities said.
"The bus first hit two pedestrians, leaving one dead and one injured", Maria Alta Jean Baptiste, director of the Civil Police, told AFP.
Emergency workers transported the injured to a hospital, while police tried to control an angry crowd that attacked the bus.
Rara is a type of Haitian music played on traditional instruments, with onlookers often joining in the procession.
The driver tried to flee the scene after the incident.
In a statement, Haitian President Jovenel Moise "expressed his deep sadness following the bad accident".
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.
Haitian roads are unsafe and chaotic, with few rules observed by pedestrians and drivers.