At least 18 people on a packed carnival float in the Haitian capital have died after being electrocuted by a power line.
The accident occurred as thousands of people filled the streets of central Port-au-prince for the annual celebration. People at the scene said someone on the float used a pole or stick to move a power line so the float could pass under it.
Some of the victims were electrocuted in a flash of sparks, according to witnesses. Others managed to jump off, causing panic in the crowd.
“I saw the wire falling and sparks and I started running for my life,” said Natacha Saint Fleur, 22, who was near the float at the time.
Joel Desire, a doctor at the general hospital, where many of the victims were taken, said at least 18 people died. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were other victims taken elsewhere.
Hundreds of people rushed to the hospital, some carrying victims, others searching for family members brought by ambulance.