PORT-AU-PRINCE – At least 20 people were killed and dozens of others injured when a bus packed with passengers collided with a truck Sunday in a town in northern Haiti, emergency services officials said.
The accident occurred Sunday morning in the town of Monte Lacrete, in mountainous northern Artibonite province, where passengers are often transported by truck because of the difficulty of accessing the region.
Emergency service authorities said that the injured – some of whom were quite seriously hurt – were transported to nearby health centers and that emergency units from other entities cooperated in that effort at the crash site.
This is the first large road accident to occur in Haiti so far this year, although such incidents are a relatively frequent occurrence in the impoverished country because of the precarious nature of public transport, with thousands of people forced to use vehicles of all sorts – many of them not well-maintained and driven by people with little training – to get to their destinations.
In addition, many Haitians live in rural mountainous zones where trucks often become death traps for those using them for transportation.