Haiti cancels last day of carnival after deaths

2015-02-17 22:01
(Hector Retamal, AFP)

(Hector Retamal, AFP)

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Port-au-Prince - Haiti's government cancelled the last day of carnival and announced three days of mourning on Tuesday after 16 people were killed and 78 injured when a carnival float hit a power line in the capital Port-au-Prince, setting off a stampede by bystanders, officials said.

Amateur video of the incident posted on YouTube showed the electric cable catching a popular singer known as Fantom on the float as it passed near the presidential stand packed with spectators. Most of the victims were trampled to death in the ensuing panic.

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