Bus plows into parade crowd in Haiti, killing 38

People stand by the body of a man who died when a bus crashed into crowds at a festival in Gonaives, Haiti, early Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Story highlights

  • A bus drove into several groups of people during a popular festival in northern Haiti
  • The driver fled and is still at large, police say

(CNN)At least 38 people were killed and 13 others injured in northern Haiti after a bus plowed into a festival crowd before dawn Sunday, in what local authorities said was a hit and run incident.

The bus, owned by the transportation company Blue Sky Logistics, was carrying people from the northern Haitian city of Cap Haitien to the nation's capital, Port Au Prince. The bus encountered streets crowded with revelers celebrating Rara, a popular festive season in Haiti that stretches from Mardi Gras until Easter Sunday.
The bus was carrying people to Port Au Prince when it struck pedestrians.
Just outside the city of Gonaives, the bus struck two pedestrians, one of whom died instantly. The bus driver continued on for several miles before encountering a Rara band playing music in the middle of the road. The bus plowed through the first group of musicians, then drove through a second and a third band.