Driver Plows Into Pedestrians, Dozens Of Fatalities Reported

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At least 34 people have been killed and 17 injured after a runaway bus veered into a crowd in the Haitian city of Gonaïves.

The bus was driving from Cap Haitien to Port-au-Prince when it crashed into a "rara" parade in the city of Gonaives, reports the AP.

The driver then rammed into three groups of street musicians as he tried to speed away, leaving 33 of them dead in a scene of ghastly carnage.

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The bus then tried to flee the scene, barreling into a group of musicians, killing over a dozen.

The musicians were taking part in a local parade featuring traditional instruments, according to Sky News.

Emergency services transferred the injured to a local hospital in Gonaives, while the police questioned witnesses. "The bus, the passengers and the driver were placed under protection at the station in Gonaives".

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It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

They have since been released and the bus driver has fled, said Jean Bazlais Bornelus, the police chief for the area, said.

Haiti's roads are notoriously unsafe, with road safety rarely observed by drivers and other users.

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President Jovenel Moise called for an investigation into the incident.

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