18 die in Haiti carnival accident – Watch

18 die in Haiti carnival accident - Watch

At least 18 die due to electrocution in Haiti Carnival accident. 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.

The float 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.

Hundreds of people thronged the General Hospital where many of the victims were taken, some carrying victims and others searching for family members taken by ambulance.