Haiti Carnival disaster: Power line electrocutes revelers in Port-au-Prince.

At Least 20 Reported Killed in Power-Line Disaster at Haiti Carnival Celebration

At Least 20 Reported Killed in Power-Line Disaster at Haiti Carnival Celebration

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Feb. 17 2015 12:56 PM

At Least 20 Reported Killed in Power-Line Disaster at Haiti Carnival Celebration

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Emergency workers in Port-au-Prince.

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A number of Carnival celebrants were killed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after several individuals on a float were electrocuted by a power line, triggering a panic in which others were trampled. The Associated Press says at least 20 have died; Reuters says it's at least 18, and CNN says at least 12. From the AP:

Video from the scene shows sparks coursing from the wire after a singer from the Haitian hip-hop group Barikad Crew was touched by an overhead power line as the float passed beneath it. The wire appeared to have electrocuted several others as well.
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Three were killed Tuesday in a similar incident in Brazil, where at least 16 people were also fatally electrocuted during Carnival in 2011.