The number of people killed by the explosion of a truck carrying gasoline in Cap-Haitien, in northern Haiti, has risen to at least 75.
The vehicle first overturned and then exploded, catching fire. Dozens of people were injured. Rainews reports. The incident occurred as Haiti faces severe fuel shortages and rising gas prices, which have recently forced hospitals to turn away patients, temporarily close gas stations, schools and businesses, and prompted the U.S. and Canadian governments to urge their citizens to leave the country. The driver of the truck reportedly attempted to avoid a motorcyclist when he swerved. Dozens of people then rushed to the scene to collect the spilled fuel. The explosion destroyed about 50 homes. Providing the number of dead was the vice mayor of Cap-Haitiene, Patrick Almonor, who spoke of “horrible” facts.