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Bus ploughs into crowd in Haiti, kills 34 and injures 15: Officials

A bus plowed into a crowd of people in the Haitian city of Gonaives early Sunday, killing 34 people and injuring 15 others, officials said.

world Updated: Mar 12, 2017 22:44 IST
A bus ploughed into a crowd in the Haitian city of Gonaives.
A bus ploughed into a crowd in the Haitian city of Gonaives.(Reuters File Photo)

A runaway bus plowed into a crowd of people in the Haitian city of Gonaives early today, killing 34 people and injuring 15 others, officials said.

The accident, in the city some 150 kilometres outside Port-au-Prince.

“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.

Map of Haiti locating Gonaive, where a runaway bus killed more than 30 people Sunday. (AFP)

The driver then rammed into a band of street musicians as it 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 that gathered at the accident scene.

“The people who were not victims of the accident tried to burn the bus with the passengers inside, said Faustin Joseph, civic protection coordinator 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.