Posted: Jul 5, 2010 3:00 PM by Matt Stafford
The mayor of Bellevue, Iowa, where a Fourth of July parade turned into a terrifying rampage by a pair of runaway horses, says officials are working to reconstruct exactly what happened.
The rampage ended when the horses crashed into a parade float and collapsed. They had run about six blocks, moving onto sidewalks and back into the road, plowing through children who were lined up along the street to watch the parade.
When it was over, one woman had been killed, and nearly two dozen people were injured. Many of the injured were children who'd been picking up candy that had been tossed to them in the street.
At least four people remained in critical condition this morning.
The woman who was killed was one of four people in a buggy that had been pulled by the horses before one of them lost its bridle and the horses became spooked.
The parade draws 3,000 to 4,000 people to the streets of Bellevue. The mayor says the event is "bigger than Christmas" in the small Mississippi River town.