Haiti official: 23 die in truck crash

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Posted: Jan 17, 2012 6:55 AM
Haiti official: 23 die in truck crash

A Haitian official says 23 people have died after a truck's brakes failed and the vehicle crashed on one of the capital's busiest streets.

Nadia Lochard of Haiti's Civil Protection Office said Tuesday the incident happened on the thoroughfare of Route Delmas when the driver lost control, struck a small bus and ran onto the sidewalk.

Sixty seven other people were injured and were taken to hospitals in the area for treatment.

The press office of President Michel Martelly issued a statement saying the leader went to the site of the crash, which was in front of the national television headquarters.

The incident happened before midnight Monday.