Bus Kills 34 Pedestrians in the Haitian City of Gonaives

A bus plowed into a crowd of people in northern Haiti around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, killing at least 34 people and injuring 17.

Marie-Alta Jean Baptiste, head of Haiti's civil protection office, told AFP: 'First, the bus plouged into two pedestrians, killing one of them, and injuring the other'. Rara musicians - a group of Haitian street performers (musicians) playing traditional instruments, during a "rara" parade.

The incident left dozens of people injured, who were quickly transported to hospital by the emergency services.

"Usually the drivers involved in such accidents don't stop because they are afraid they might be killed [in reprisal]", Henry said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

"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 area. Due to the heightened sense of chaos the passengers of the bus were taken to a local police station for protection. Fifteen other people were injured.

Haitian president Jovenel Moise "expressed his deep sadness following the awful accident".

Haitian roads are unsafe and chaotic, with few rules observed by pedestrians and drivers.

"The head of state sends. honest condolences to the victims' families and loved ones", he added.

  • Leroy Wright