Truck smashes into Iowa Wal-Mart store, killing 3 people

A pickup smashed into an Iowa Wal-Mart store Thursday, killing three people, scattering merchandise on the floor and stopping at the fresh produce section in what authorities believe was a tragic accident.

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 10 a.m. killed three people — all outside the vehicle — and injured the driver and another person, Ludwig said.

Authorities had not released the identities of those involved by early Thursday afternoon as officials worked to inform family members of the casualties, but they did say that no children were among the injured or dead. Ludwig said he did not have the medical conditions of those hurt.

Wal-Mart 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.

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