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Published: Friday, 11/7/2008

School collapses in Haiti with students inside


PETIONVILLE, Haiti A school building collapsed Friday in the hills above Haiti's capital, killing at least two people and injuring at least 20 students.

Hundreds of bystanders and rescue workers frantically dug through the rubble of the concrete building. As rescuers emerged carrying the injured, the crowd erupted with wails and prayers. United Nations peacekeepers and Haitian Red Cross workers rushed to the scene.

An Associated Press reporter saw the bodies of two women who died and counted at least 20 injured children, including some bleeding profusely from head injuries.

It was not immediately clear what caused the second story of the building to collapse onto the first. A portion of the wall facing the street remained standing, and the extent of the damage to the first floor was not immediately known.

The school building in Petionville, a relatively affluent suburb, included a kindergarten as well as classes for older students. A police officer estimated as many as 200 students may have been inside the building, but no official count was available.

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