Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters/Landov
February 17, 2015 11:15 AM

At least 20 people were killed in a horrific carnival float accident in Haiti on Tuesday morning, the Associated Press reports.

The float caught fire after accidentally hitting a high-voltage power cable, witnesses told Reuters. Several people on top of the float were electrocuted, while others were killed in the ensuing chaos.

“I saw the wire falling and sparks and I started running for my life,” Natacha Saint Fleur, 22, told the AP.

A woman cries over the loss of a family member
Andres Martinez/Reuters/Landov

Haiti’s president Michel Martelly expressed his condolences on Twitter, but did not share any more details of the accident.

“My sincerest sympathies with the victims of the grave incident this morning at the Champ de Mars celebrating Mardi Gras Carnaval,” Martelly wrote.

There are conflicting reports of how many people were injured in the incident. Numbers range from 46 to 60.

The float was a part of an annual three-day street parade that coincides with Mardi Gras.

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