Lawsuits Settled Over 2010 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. (Katie Schveiger from Maquoketa)


By Jay Knoll

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) - Two lawsuits have been settled over a stampede during a Fourth of July parade in the eastern Iowa city of Bellevue.

The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque reports court records show the lawsuits were settled and the case was dismissed April 12 in Jackson County District Court. Details about the settlement were not made public.

The lawsuits were filed by the parents of two children injured in the 2010 accident, which injured two dozen people.

A team of horses bolted during the parade. The owner of the horses, Mardell Steines, was driving a buggy with his wife, Janet and three relatives. Janet Steines was thrown from the buggy and died.

The lawsuits alleged Mardell Steines and the city were negligent, though the city was dismissed from the suits last year.
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