One person is dead and 23 others are suffering from broken bones, head injuries, and whatnot, after a pair of horses bolted during an Independence Day parade Sunday in Iowa, running through the crowd and trampling people left and right. The fire chief thinks it’s just one of those unavoidable freak accidents:
This is just something that happens that we can’t prevent. It wouldn’t be any different from an accelerator sticking on a car and running through the crowd.
I’m no expert on parade safety, but I suspect it just might be possible to prevent such tragedies at future events by keeping horses out of the damned parade. Link.