’20 die’ in Haiti Carnival accident

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Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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About 20 people were killed when a power line fell on a float during the annual Carnival in Haiti’s capital, witnesses said.

The accident happened before dawn as thousands of people packed the streets of central Port-au-Prince for the raucous celebration.

Authorities were responding to the scene and it was not immediately possible to get an official casualty figure.

People at the scene said the accident happened when someone on the packed float used a stick or a pole to move a power line. Some managed to jump off the float and escape, sparking panic in the crowd.

Hundreds of people thronged the General Hospital, some carrying victims and others searching for family members brought by ambulance.

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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