Pickup truck crashes into Walmart; 3 killed, 2 injured


A pickup truck slammed into the entrance of an Iowa Walmart on Thursday morning, killing three people and injuring two others, according to multiple reports.

>> Read more trending stories

A person called 911 just before 10 a.m. to report that a truck had crashed into the Walmart in Pella, the Iowa State Patrol told the Des Moines Register.

Witnesses told KNIA/KRLS that the truck appeared to hit the store at a high rate of speed. Walmart employee Don French told the station that bystanders sprung into action gathering pillows and other items off shelves to tend to the wounded.

Sgt. Nathan Ludwig of the Iowa State Patrol told WHO-TV that investigators do not believe the crash was intentional.

Police have not identified the driver or the victims, although Ludwig said none of them are children.

Ludwig told the Register that the pickup driver was an older man. He was alone in the truck and among the two people injured.

In a statement to WHO-TV, a Walmart spokesperson said that the company was "heartbroken by what appears to be a tragic accident."

"Our focus right now is on our associates, customers and gathering information," the statement said. "We will continue working closely with law enforcement and emergency responders."

Pella is about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Teen who choked and killed mother’s abusive ex-boyfriend not indicted 
Teen who choked and killed mother’s abusive ex-boyfriend not indicted 

A New York teenager, who was accused of choking his mother's abusive ex-boyfriend to death, will return to normal life after a grand jury declined to indict him.  High school senior Luis Moux, 18, was facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of Stanley Washington in August.  The teen told police he saw Washington...
Ohio bill would ban sexting, require diversion programs for youths
Ohio bill would ban sexting, require diversion programs for youths

Sexting is rampant among teens, putting them at risk for criminal charges, school expulsion and images of their privates being displayed and shared in the digital world. >> Read more trending news  The behavior is so common that some Ohio counties have set up diversion programs for young offenders. State Reps...
Student finds loophole in professor’s exam instructions, becomes internet hero
Student finds loophole in professor’s exam instructions, becomes internet hero

A Maryland college student has become an unwitting internet hero after he found a loophole in his professor’s exam instructions that allowed him to bring a note card the size of a human being to class. Reb Beatty, an assistant professor at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, wrote on Facebook last week that, each year, he allows his...
Trump praises ‘great anger’ after some booed Dallas Cowboys for taking a knee
Trump praises ‘great anger’ after some booed Dallas Cowboys for taking a knee

President Donald Trump resumed his sparring with the NFL early Tuesday, asserting there was the loudest booing he "had ever heard" when the entire Dallas Cowboys team dropped to its knees ahead of the national anthem at a game Monday night near Phoenix.  "Great anger," the president said as part of his latest series of tweets...
Woman's explicitly detailed grocery list leaves little room for error for husband
Woman's explicitly detailed grocery list leaves little room for error for husband

Twitter user Era Golwalkar gained attention online this week when a grocery list she made for her husband went viral. Golwalkar’s list had very explicit instructions, leaving her husband little room to mess up the shopping. >> Read more trending news  “This is the task I gave to my hubby last weekend!! Even U guys...
More Stories