Illinois Couple Sues Over Parade Stampede in Bellevue

Accident during the Fourth of July parade in Bellevue on Sunday, July 4, 2010, during which two horses broke free and killed one and injured 23 people. (Bill Kass)

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By Aaron Hepker

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — An Illinois couple whose daughter was injured when two horses pulling a buggy bolted during a Fourth of July parade in Bellevue in 2010 are suing the owner of the horses and the city for negligence.

The Telegraph Herald says Kevin and Lee Armstrong, of Plainfield, Ill., filed the suit in Jackson County on behalf of their daughter, Teagan.

Mardell Steines, of Springbrook, was driving the buggy with his wife, Janet, and three relatives. Janet Steines died when she was thrown from the buggy. Two dozen others were injured.

Telephone calls Monday to attorneys for the Armstrongs and Steines weren't immediately returned. Bellevue City Attorney Steve Kahler says its insurance carrier would supply an attorney.

The parents of another child injured in the incident filed a similar lawsuit last year.

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