Carnival float accident kills at least 18 in Haiti

February 17th, 2015  
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Topic: Carnival float accident kills at least 18 in Haiti

By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - At least 18 people were killed and 60 injured early on Tuesday when a carnival float hit power lines in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince on the second day of the annual festival, officials said. Video of the incident appeared to show the electric cable catch the head of a singer from hip-hop band Barikad Crew near the presidential stand packed with spectators. President Michel Martelly expressed his "sincerest sympathies" to the victims in a Twitter message while his wife visited hospitals treating the injured. The U.S. embassy in Haiti issued a pre-carnival message it which it warned "Carnival can be a fun, yet potentially unsafe, place for revelers," highlighting the threat of strong-arm robberies, assaults, and pick-pocketing.


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