Bus runs over at least 34 people in northern Haiti

Bus runs over at least 34 people in northern Haiti

Bus runs over at least 34 people in northern Haiti

At least 34 people were killed and another 17 injured after a bus struck a crowd in Haiti, Agence France Presse has reported.

The vehicle first knocked over two pedestrians, killing one, French-language media report.

The bus was travelling from Cap Haitien to Port-au-Prince at the time of the incident.

A motive for the crash was not immediately known.

"The bus, the passengers and the driver were all placed into the care [of the local authorities]", he added. The driver then tried to flee the scene. Police were still trying to identify him.

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In a statement Haitian President Jovenel Moise "expressed his deep sadness following the bad accident".

"The head of state conveys, on behalf of the whole government, his honest condolences to the families and those close to the victims", the statement read. The bus driver continued on for several miles before encountering a Rara band playing music in the middle of the road.

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

In the chaos after the accident and hoping to find out more news, relatives of the victims surrounded the hospitals. The bus driver fled and is being sought.

One woman was hoping to keep the number of grandchildren killed in the tragedy to one. Following the accident, people began throwing rocks at the bus and other vehicles. "If he spoke, I could have hope", Fenelus sighed.

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