Lives Lost During Carnival Parade In Haiti

 haiti carnival

CNN reports that at least 12 people were killed during Haiti’s national Carnival parade early Tuesday in an accident involving an electrical shock on a float, the nation’s communications minister said.

Haitian Communications Minister Rothschild Francis Junior said, “an accident following an electrical shock happened on a parade float in Port-au-Prince at 2:48 a.m. ET Tuesday”.

The float, one of 16 in the downtown Carnival parade, was sponsored by the Haitian hip-hop group Barikad Crew. Some of the victims were instantly 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, a 22-year-old who was near the float at the time.

Haitian President Michel Martelly said on Twitter:

“My sincerest sympathies with the victims of the grave incident this morning at the Champ de Mars celebrating Mardi Gras Carnival,” 

Rest In Peace.

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