In this town about 50 miles west of Port-au-Prince, witnesses said a truck had passed by the demonstration several minutes before the deadly bus did, and the truck's driver warned the marchers to watch out. He said the bus driver was a member of a paramilitary, anti-[Jean-Bertrand Aristide] group known as FRAPH, and that he wanted to kill those in the rally.
Sunday, "a white bus came through at excessive speed, ran through the crowd and killed . . . people," said Capt. Kevin Donovan, leader of U.S. troops who arrived at the scene after the incident. "At least 12 more were evacuated to the hospital in Les Cayes (40 miles to the west). It was a pro-Aristide rally, and those in the bus were clearly trying to stop the demonstration. It was deliberate-there is no question."
The predominant role of U.S. troops in the aftermath of the incident underscored how little public responsibility the Haitian army is assuming. While the U.S. troops picked up a handful of Haitian army soldiers on the way to the crash site, the Haitians huddled in a pickup truck while U.S. soldiers blocked the roads, picked up the bodies and dealt with the angry, stunned crowd.