Bus fleeing fatal accident strikes crowd, kills at least 30

Trevor Jackson
March 15, 2017

At least 34 people have been killed after a runaway bus veered into crowd in the Haitian city of Gonaives, officials say.

Marie-Alta Jean Baptiste, head of Haiti's civil protection office, told AFP news agency on Sunday that first the bus ran over two pedestrians, killing one and injuring the other.

Despite initially saying that they had detained the bus driver, local authorities later admitted that he had fled the scene and that they were still trying to identify him.

The driver fled the scene on foot and is still at large, police said.

Then, according to Haiti's Civil Protection Agency, the bus driver crashed into three "rara" parades in a town about three miles away.

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It's not known what caused the initial crash, which occurred on a straight stretch of road without any potholes.

"The head of state conveys, on behalf of the whole government, his honest condolences to the families and those close to the victims", the statement read.

Police took the bus driver and passengers to a police station.

Ford Henry, a deputy representative for the region, said that a total of 34 people were killed at the scene and an another four people died in hospital.

Meanwhile, Haitian President Jovenel Moise issued a statement calling for an investigation in to the incident and expressed condolences to the victims and families of those who lost their lives. "If he spoke, I could have hope", Fenelus sighed.

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