September 10, 2001

Bus crash kills 22 in Haiti

                 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) -- A bus went over a cliff near the
                 Haitian capital early on Monday, killing the driver and 21 passengers,
                 local radio reported.

                 The bus had started its run in Belladere, a town near Haiti's border with the
                 Dominican Republic. The driver lost control, and the bus plunged off the cliff in
                 Morne a Cabrit, a hillside town 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Port-au-Prince,
                 survivors told private Signal FM.

                 Eight surviving passengers were hospitalized in critical condition.

                 Traffic accidents are common in Haiti, an impoverished Caribbean nation where
                 roads are badly maintained, driving laws are seldom enforced and public
                 transportation is often overcrowded.

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