Haitian bus plows into crowd, at least 38 people dead

Posted March 15, 2017

At least 38 people were killed and 13 others injured in northern Haiti after a bus plowed into a festival crowd before dawn Sunday, in what local authorities said was a hit and run incident.

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

The bus was on its way to the capital, Port-au-Prince, when it initially hit two people in a town in northern Haiti.

He says angry festival-goers then attacked the bus and tried to burn it.

"The bus, the passengers, and the driver were all placed into the care" of local authorities, Joseph said. Police were still trying to identify him.

The cause of the crash, which occurred on a straight and un-potholed stretch of national road in the city of Gonaives, is not known.

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On Sunday afternoon, a heavily damaged vehicle was seen in a ditch on the side of the road, but the accident scene had otherwise been cleaned up.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise released a statement expressing "his deep sadness following the bad accident".

Moise called for "an investigation as soon as possible to shine light on this tragedy".

One of those people died. The bus driver continued on for several miles before encountering a Rara band playing music in the middle of the road.

At La Providence hospital, family members stood by as many survivors of the accident were still in shock. The bus driver fled and is being sought. "If he spoke, I could have hope", Fenelus sighed.