BELLEVUE - Many questions remain after Sunday's horse stampede during Bellevue's Heritage Days parade.
A total of 25 people were injured in the stampede, including Janet Steines, 60, who died Sunday when the horses hitched to the wagon she was riding bolted toward the end of the parade, injuring 24 other people.
Police said the horses took off after they rubbed heads and the bridle fell off of one of them. The animals went on a rampage over six blocks, plowing through spectators and children stooping to snatch up candy that had been tossed along the parade route.
One of the big questions we've been getting here at TV9 is "What happened to the horses?" The Bellevue Police Chief says that the horses involved in the incident were checked by a vet and had minor bumps and bruises. They were taken away on a trailer and are doing fine. Their exact location right now remains undisclosed.
Also, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Town Gathering. It will involve city officials and counselors and local churches. It will be at Horizon Hall – 970 North Riverview in Bellevue. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
There is a Bellevue Parade Victim's fund. There are drop-off points at Bellevue State Bank and Fidelity Bank in Bellevue. Other drop off points include: Fidelity locations in Dubuque, Maquoketa and Lamotte. An independent board will oversee the funds. Contact: Tim Daugherty 563.872.4911
Bellevue Police continue to investigate the incident. The investigation will likely wrap up next week. At this time, the chief does not expect anyone will face any charges.
Police are still looking for witnesses to come forward with additional information. If anyone was injured, but did not notify police, tell them now. Plus, any other witnesses who have not given a statement yet should contact police.