Monday 11 December 2017

Eighteen people dead, 60 injured in carnival float accident in Haiti

Amelie Baron

At least 18 people were killed and 60 injured early on Tuesday when a carnival float hit power lines in Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on the second day of the annual festival, officials said.

The float caught fire after it hit a high-voltage overhead power cable, witnesses said. Video of the incident appeared to show the electric cable catch the head of a singer from hip-hop band Barikad Crew. Seven people were reported dead on the float, and others were killed in the ensuing panic.

President Michel Martelly expressed his "sincerest sympathies" to the victims in a Twitter message.

More to follow

Reuters

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