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15 Electrocuted at Basketball Game

July 23, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Fifteen people were killed when an electrical wire fell into a crowd during a street basketball game in the town of Petit-Goave, electrocuting players and spectators, officials said.

The accident happened Monday afternoon as dozens of people were watching the basketball game in the small coastal town.

Petit-Goave Mayor Reginald Francois called the deaths a "real catastrophe" and said the Haitian government would pay funeral expenses for the dead.

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