BELLEVUE, Iowa - Two runaway horses pulling a wagon trampled spectators at a small-town Fourth of July parade, killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring at least 23 others, four critically.
The horses bolted after one rubbed its head against the other, removing that horse's bridle, police said. They galloped for several blocks with the wagon in tow, trampling parade-goers. The wagon flipped and ejected its two passengers.
Among those injured were children who had stooped in the street to pick up candy that had been tossed to them.
Police declined to identify the woman who died, but said she passed away at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Four were hospitalized in critical condition, five others were seriously hurt and 14 others sustained minor injuries.
The parade is a decadeslong tradition in Bellevue, a town of about 2,300 people on the Iowa-Illinois border.
"The mood is shock and disbelief," Bellevue Mayor Virgil Murray said. "We've had this parade forever. We've had horses in the parade forever."
The injured were sent by ambulance and medical helicopter to hospitals in Dubuque, Maquoketa and Iowa City. Ten patients were taken to Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, nine of them children.