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Bus plows into crowd in Haiti, killing at least 38

A bus driver fleeing from an accident ran into a crowd in northern Haiti early Sunday, leaving at least 38 people dead and about a dozen injured, government officials said.

The bus was headed to Port-au-Prince from Cap-Haitien. The driver first hit two people in a town outside Gonaives, an official told Reuters, killing one, then took off. The bus went about three miles into Mapou before it crashed into three parades made up mostly of musicians; 34 people were killed at the scene and four more died at the hospital.

Parade participants and onlookers threw rocks at the bus and passing vehicles, injuring additional people, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said. The bus driver and passengers were taken to a police station, but after they were released the bus driver fled.