1 dead, 3 hurt after car hits pedestrians at Slater’s Independence Day parade


SLATER, Iowa — A woman is dead and three others injured after a car struck multiple pedestrians at an Independence Day parade in Slater on Saturday.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Tama Street. After the parade had finished, a 75-year-old woman backed her car out of a parking spot on Main Street and struck multiple pedestrians in the roadway, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Mary Nienow, 59, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, was hit and killed. A 67-year-old Huxley resident, a 30-year-old Huxley resident and a 6-year-old Huxley child were all injured.

Witnesses say the scene was chaotic as people lifted the car up to help those trapped underneath it.

“This is all happening really fast. I see people running towards the corner, so I go and look. There’s a crowd, and everyone is running to help these people,” said Slater resident Lori Imel.

The child was flown to a hospital in Des Moines but is expected to survive, according to Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla. The two injured adults were also hospitalized. Their conditions weren’t made immediately available.

The incident remains under investigation.

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