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Three dead after pickup truck slams through Iowa Walmart store entrance

This news story was published on December 3, 2016.
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PELLA, IOWA – On December 1, 2016, at approximately 9:54 AM, a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck crashed through the Market and Pharmacy entrance of the Walmart store in Pella and killed three people.

The Pella Police Department, Pella Fire and EMS, Iowa State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies responded to the crash scene.

Upon arriving at the scene, it was determined that three people were killed and two were injured in the crash, one of those injured is the driver of the truck. The conditions of the two injured are not known at this time.

The names of deceased are Carrie Zugg, 31, a Walmart employee, from Leighton, Iowa;
Lindsey Rietveld, 29, a Walmart employee, from Bussey, Iowa; and Ruth Jean DeJong, 76, a shopper from Pella, Iowa.

Two people were injured. They are Dennis Mockenhaupt, 66, driver of pickup truck, from Knoxville, Iowa; and Robert DeJong, 77, shopper from Pella, Iowa.

Autopsies on the deceased individuals will be conducted next week at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.

The investigation is on-going into this crash by the Pella Police Department, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Iowa State Patrol (ISP); the Pella Fire and EMS, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, and Knoxville Fire Department.

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