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People stand by the body of a man who died when a bus crashed into a music festival, before the victim's relatives or public services arrived to take him to a morgue in Gonaives, Haiti, early Sunday, March 12, 2017. Haitian rescue officials say a bus plowed into a crowd in the city of Gonaives, killing at least 34 people, at about 3 a.m. Sunday when a passenger bus first hit two people at a bus stop and then continued into a crowd of people attending a music festival. (Dieulivens Jules/Haiti Press Image via AP)

Dozens were killed in northern Haiti when a bus plowed into a crowd


At least 34 people were killed and another 17 were injured in northern Haiti early Sunday when a bus plowed into a crowd in the city of Gonaives, the country's civil protection authorities told The Guardian . 

The bus reportedly crashed into a "rara" parade on its way from Cap Haitien to the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Rara musicians typically play traditional instruments and are often joined by people passing by. 

Regional civil defense coordinator Joseph Faustin said the incident happened at 3 a.m. He explained that the passenger bus hit two people at a bus stop and then continued driving into a crowd of people at the music festival. 

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the incident. 

Emergency workers quickly transported the injured to local hospitals as police tried to control the angry crowd.

After the wreck, people in the crowd began throwing rocks at the bus and trying to set it on fire. 

"The people who were not victims of the accident tried to burn the bus with the passengers inside," Faustin told Al Jazeera

The bus driver fled the scene after the incident and is still being sought. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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