Caribbean 360 is reporting that 20 people were killed and 46 injured in a parade in Port-au-Prince last week. The float, sponsored by Haitian hip-hop group Barikad Crew, was packed with people. The float came into contact with a power line as it moved through the streets of the capital which led to the debacle.
Some members of the float were instantly electrocuted while others jumped off causing panic in the crowd and dozens of people to be trampled. Evans Sanon of the Associated Press is reporting:
“Prime Minister Evans Paul said 16 people were confirmed dead and 78 were injured. His statement conflicted with earlier reports on the number of casualties. Nadia Lochard, a coordinator for the Department of Civil Protection, had said at least 20 people were killed.”
Haitian president Michel J. Martelly offered condolences via Twitter and attended a memorial service honoring the victims of the float accident.
English translation: At the Champ de Mars to pay respects to the victims of the accident that happened on the second day of Carnival.