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Culver: Thoughts, Prayers With Bellevue Parade Victims

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    April 26, 2014 | 6:36 am
    DES MOINES (AP) Iowa Gov. Chet Culver says his thoughts and prayers are with the small eastern Iowa town of Bellevue this Fourth of July after 24 people were injured when a pair of horses went out of control during a parade.

    Culver said in a statement Sunday that he's "especially saddened because the accident occurred during the events celebrating Independence Day, which is a day that should be filled with pride and joy for all Iowans and Americans."

    Police and fire officials in the Mississippi River town say five people were critically injured, five others severely injured and 14 suffered minor injuries.

    The governor says he wants to thanks the spectators and emergency responders who quickly responded and provided care.