Bus in Haiti flees hit-and-run, kills 34

2017-03-12 21:35


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Port-au-Prince - A bus speeding away from the scene of a hit-and-run accident ploughed into dozens of street musicians in the Haitian city of Gonaives on Sunday, killing 34 people, officials said.

Fifteen people also were injured in the incident in Gonaives, a city of about 300 000 people located about 150km northwest of the capital Port-au-Prince.

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

The driver then rammed into three groups of street musicians as he tried to speed away, leaving 33 of them dead in a scene of ghastly carnage.

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

"The people who were not victims of the accident tried to burn the bus with the passengers inside, said Faustin Joseph, civic protection co-ordinator for the department of Artibonite, where Gonaives, the regional capital, is located.

"The bus, the passengers and the driver were all placed into the care" of the local authorities, Joseph said.

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