Officials say the accident occurred at the Walmart Supercenter located at 1650 Washington St. just before 10:00 a.m. local time. A pickup truck drove through a concrete post outside the store before barreling through the front doors of the grocery portion of the store, striking several pedestrians. The truck continued through the produce section until it struck a merchandise display and refrigeration unit.
Three people inside the store died as a result of the crash and two others were transported to the hospital with injuries, reports The Des Moines Register. A cashier says two of the deceased victims were employees at the store. Police have not confirmed the identities of the victims, but none of the victims were children, reports The Des Moines Register.
Officials are continuing to investigate the tragic incident, but early indications point toward it being an accident. According to some witnesses, the truck, driven by an older man, was driving at a high rate of speed prior to crashing through the front doors of the mega mart. The Des Moines Register reports that one of the two people injured in the accident was the driver of the pickup truck.
Pella, a town of 10,352 residents, is located roughly 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).