Dozens killed after bus drives into parade in Haiti

A bus ploughed into a crowd in the Haitian city of Gonaives

A bus ploughed into a crowd in the Haitian city of Gonaives

Tragedy struck in the Haitian city of Gonaives when a bus plowed through a crowd killing 34 people and injuring 15.

The incident took place approximately 150 kilometers north of the capital Port-au-Prince at approximately 4am Sunday morning, reports Reuters.

Officials have put the death toll at 34, with another 17 people injured.

The musicians were taking part in a local parade featuring traditional instruments, according to Sky News.

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'.

Emergency workers took the injured to hospital, while police tried to control an angry crowd at the scene.

"The bus, the passengers and the driver were placed under protection at the station in Gonaives".

The driver tried to flee the scene after the incident.

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

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

Haitian roads are slipshod management and unsafe, with few rules observed by pedestrians, drivers and motorcyclists.

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