A BUS driver has killed 34 pedestrians after ploughing into a crowd as he tried to flee a fatal collision in Haiti.
After the accident, other musicians and people in the parade began hurling rocks at the bus and passing vehicles, injuring other people, said Albert Moulion, the ministry of the interior's spokesman.
The bus was on its way to the capital, Port-au-Prince, when it initially hit two people in a town in northern Haiti. According to AFP, drivers in the Caribbean nation often speed away after traffic accidents, fearing reprisals from groups of locals out for vigilante justice. "And then the bus passed by crushing people", says Jean-Renald Edouard, lying on an emergency room bed.
It's not known what caused the crash, which occurred on a straight stretch of a national road without any potholes.
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On Sunday afternoon a heavily damaged vehicle was still in a ditch on the side of the road, but the accident scene had otherwise been cleaned up.
Haiti's president has called for an investigation. The bus driver continued on for several miles before encountering a Rara band playing music in the middle of the road.
Ford Henry, a deputy representative for the region, said that a total of 34 people were killed at the scene and an another four people died in hospital. The bus driver fled and is being sought. And he is here. And it is his silence that kills me.