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Truck crash in Haiti kills at least 20, injures 40

Sunday, April 08, 2012 | 11:12 AM    

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A Haitian official says a big truck jammed with people run off a road and at least 20 people are dead and 40 others injured.

Ronald Louis of Haiti's Civil Protection Office says the truck's brakes failed yesterday afternoon as it drove on a hilly road outside the western town of Petit-Goave.

Seventeen people died at the scene, many of them crushed. Three more died at a hospital. The 40 who were injured were taken to hospitals in the area.

Fatal traffic accidents are common in impoverished Haiti, where police seldom enforce traffic laws and many vehicles are overloaded with passengers.

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