1 dead, 3 hurt in Slater parade tragedy; all injured expected to survive

A holiday parade in Slater ended in tragedy Saturday morning, with one person now dead and multiple others injured.

(UPDATE- Saturday 2:15 p.m.) Per Slater Fire Chief Brant Strumpfer, three individuals were injured today in a pedestrian vs. automobile incident just after the parade finished. The three injured individuals were transported to nearby hospitals, one of which was taken via LifeFlight.

The accident is currently under investigation.

(UPDATE- Saturday 3:10 p.m.) According to Iowa State Patrol spokesman Alex Dinka, it has been confirmed that one individual has died following today’s tragedy in Slater.

Per Dinkla, here is the additional info that can be released, as of now:

At approximately 11:00 a.m., authorities were contacted on a report that a vehicle struck pedestrians at the Slater 4th of July parade. The incident occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Tama Street in Slater.

All names, including that of the injured and deceased, are being withheld pending all notifications of family members.

(UPDATE- Saturday 6:05 p.m.) The Iowa State Patrol has released additional details regarding today’s accident in Slater. The deceased has been identified as 59-year-old Mary Nienow of Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Per the report, a 75-year-old female from Cambridge, Iowa struck four pedestrians while backing out from a parking spot. A 6-year old boy from Huxley was transported to a Des Moines hospital by air. Nienow and the 6-year-old child were dragged by the vehicle. Two other adults from Huxley were taken to Mary Greeley in Ames via ambulance. A third injured individual was transported to a hospital privately.

The Iowa State Patrol is currently requesting a hold on the release of the names of the injured individuals.

(UPDATE- Saturday 8:45 p.m.) According to Dinkla, the 6-year-old boy who was taken by air to a Des Moines hospital is currently dealing with “non-life-threatening injuries” from today’s accident.

(UPDATE- Saturday 9:45 p.m.) The two individuals who were taken by ambulance to local hospitals after sustaining injuries in today’s accident are both in “stable” condition. All three people who were injured in the incident, including the 6-year-old boy who was transported by air, are dealing with “non-life-threatening injuries”, according to Dinkla.

(UPDATE- Sunday 12:00 p.m.) The Iowa State Patrol requested that the names of the injured individuals not be released until 12:00 p.m. Sunday.

The injured have been identified as follows:

  • 67-year-old Linda Nordstrom of Huxley (taken by ambulance to Des Moines Methodist via Mary Greeley EMS)
  • 30-year-old Rikki Powell of Huxley (self-transported to Mercy)
  • 6-year-old Reagan Powell of Huxley (taken by Mercy One Air to Mercy)

This is a developing story. StoryCounty.News will provide updates as they become available.

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