Truck accident in Haiti's capital kills at least 26

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 17, 2012 9:45 AM
Truck accident in Haiti's capital kills at least 26

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A truck loaded with rubble from Haiti's earthquake two years ago killed at least 26 people and injured 57 others after its driver lost control of the vehicle in a hilly area of the impoverished Caribbean nation's capital, authorities said on Tuesday.

The accident came less than a week after the second anniversary of the quake that killed roughly 300,000 people and leveled much of the capital Port-au-Prince.

"Between 26 and 30 people have been killed and 57 injured. We are looking for the driver," said Highway Police chief Will Dimanche after the accident in the Delmas district of the city late on Monday.

"Witnesses say he (the driver) jumped from the truck after hitting the first obstacle but we'll find him anyway," said Dimanche.

The truck sped down a divided two-lane roadway and plowed past parked cars, motorcycles and mopeds. There were no immediate reports about the cause of the accident but speculation centered on brake failure in the rubble-laden vehicle.

Just over half of the piles of concrete, steel and other debris littering Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas has been cleared since the earthquake that devastated the city on January 12, 2010.

(Reporting by Joseph Guyler Delva; Editing by Tom Brown and Will Dunham)