At least 16 people were killed and 78 injured yesterday when a carnival float hit power lines in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on the second day of the annual festival, officials said.
The float caught fire after it hit a high-voltage overhead power cable, witnesses said.
Video of the incident appeared to show the electric cable catch the head of a singer from hip-hop band Barikad Crew near the presidential stand packed with spectators.
Seven people were reported dead on the float, and others were killed in the ensuing panic. The singer, known as Fantom, was among the injured, according to a friend.
President Michel Martelly expressed his “sincerest sympathies” to the victims in a Twitter message while his wife visited hospitals treating the injured.
The raucous three-day annual street parade coincides with other Mardi Gras carnivals around the world and attracts large night-time crowds eager to witness competing music bands.