Pickup Truck Crashes Through Walmart, Kills 3

Iowa incident appears to be an accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2016 3:01 PM CST
File photo of a Walmart store, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – A pickup truck smashed into an Iowa Walmart store on Thursday, killing three people, scattering merchandise on the floor, and stopping at the fresh produce section in what authorities believe was a tragic accident, the AP reports. A photograph posted by the Des Moines Register showed the pickup resting under a sign that said "Fresh Produce," with boxes and other debris behind it. "At this time, we don't have any reason to believe it was intentional," said Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig, who was at the scene of the crash. Ludwig said officials are investigating all possible scenarios. The crash in Pella, Iowa, just before 10am killed three people—all outside the vehicle—and injured the driver and another person, Ludwig said. None of those killed or injured were children.

Authorities had not released the identities of those involved by early Thursday afternoon as officials worked to inform family members of the casualties. Ludwig said he did not have the medical conditions of those hurt. Walmart management said in a statement: "We're heartbroken by what appears to be a tragic accident." Pella—a city of 10,000 known for its Dutch roots and fully functional 1850s-style windmill—is 38 miles southeast of Des Moines. (Read more Walmart stories.)

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