More than a dozen killed in Haiti electrocution when power line hits carnival float – MiamiHerald.com

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 injured early Tuesday at the end of the second day of Haiti’s packed carnival celebration.

The deaths occurred after a packed carnival float, transporting fans and members of the Hip Hop Kreyol group Barikad Crew passed underneath a low-hanging power line on the Champ de Mars.

People on the scene told journalists that someone used a pole to move the power line so the float could pass.

A brief video on Twitter shows electricity striking lead singer Fantom’s microphone in a flashing spark, and panic ensuing. Fantom was among those injured and is at a local hospital, say friends of the singer.

Others, however, weren’t as lucky.

Some people on the float were killed after being electrocuted and others in the ground after a stampeded ensued.

“We know of at least 15 people who have died,” Nadia Lochard, coordinator for the Department of Civil Protection for the Port-Au-Prince region, told the Miami Herald.

Lochard said they were making the rounds at hospitals to find out how many were injured, but for now the number stood at 42. She said authorities are reviewing video footage to find out what exactly sparked the accident.

Government spokesman Rotchild Francois said the accident occurred at 2:48 a.m.

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