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 other people, 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, police said.
Among those injured were children who had stooped in the street to pick up candy that had been tossed to them.
Sandie Crilly, 46, of Willow Springs, Ill., said she was collecting Tootsie Rolls from the street with her 8-year-old son, 12-year-old niece and 2-year-old granddaughter when the horses ran toward them about halfway through the parade.
Someone yelled to get out of the way, she said.
“I could see it was two horses,” Crilly said. “I could see they were running at full speed and they were harnessed together and I knew we were going to most certainly get hit, and as soon as it happened, everybody was crying and screaming.”
Police declined to identify the woman who died, but said she passed away at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Four people were hospitalized in critical condition, five others were seriously hurt and 14 others sustained minor injuries, police said.