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.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG