A freak accident in Bellevue, Iowa left one dead and 23 others injured when two runaway horses pulling a wagon trampled spectators at a small-town Fourth of July parade, reports say.
The horses became spooked and bolted after they tangled with each other. At that point, one of the horses lost its bridle, reports say. The horses then galloped for several blocks with the wagon, trampling some and crashing into others. In addition, the wagon flipped and its two passengers were flung to the ground.
A 60-year-old woman was killed. Police had not released the victim’s identify but said she died of her injuries at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. In addition, four people were hospitalized in a critical condition and five others were seriously hurt; 14 others sustained minor injuries, reports say.
The town is home to 2,300 residents along the bank of the Mississippi River, but an estimated 10,000 people were attending the ten-year-old parade.
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