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Haiti cancels last day of carnival after 16 deaths in float accident
February 17, 2015 / 6:36 PM / in 3 years

Haiti cancels last day of carnival after 16 deaths in float accident

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti’s government canceled the last day of carnival and announced three days of mourning on Tuesday after 16 people were killed and 78 injured when a carnival float hit a power line in the capital Port-au-Prince, setting off a stampede by bystanders, officials said.

Amateur video of the incident posted on YouTube showed the electric cable catching a popular singer known as Fantom on the float as it passed near the presidential stand packed with spectators. Most of the victims were trampled to death in the ensuing panic.

Reporting by Amelie Baron in Haiti; Writing by David Adams; Editing by Chris Reese

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