Accident in Haiti Kills at Least 29 and Injures more than 60
January 18, 2012 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — A dump truck carrying gravel collided with a bus in Port-au-Prince, Haiti late Monday night, killing at least 29 people and injuring 67 more, according to officials. The bus crashed into a sidewalk on Route Delmas where vendors and pedestrians were gathered and the ensuing chaos was broadcast live from the scene of the accident, just in front of national television headquarters. Doctors Without Borders, on hand to help treat the injured along with the national police and Brazilian peacekeepers, said the organization treats an average of 300 people every week injured in vehicle accidents in three Haitian hospitals. Haitian President Michel Martelly’s office released a statement saying that the president had gone to the scene of the crash with Prime Minister Garry Conille.
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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
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- Federal deportation hearings in Denver and Baltimore will resume this week after more than a month of review by prosecutors to determine which cases are lower priority because defendants have no criminal records.
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- Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, says that Cuba will consider legalizing same-sex civil unions in 2012.
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- Venezuela announced Monday that it was withdrawing its consulate personnel from the U.S. due to threats by exiles with links to terrorism.
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- Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez disputed allegations Monday that his new defense minister, Henry Rangel Silva, aided drug traffickers and FARC rebels.
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