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Three people killed, two injured when truck crashes into Pella Walmart

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A shopping trip turned into terror when a pickup truck crashed through a Walmart in Pella, killing three people and hurting two more.

A 911 call came in just before 10 a.m. this morning regarding a truck that drove through the meat and grocery entrance of the store. Shortly after, a chaotic scene erupted. 

Authorities are not releasing much information, saying they are still in the early stages of the investigation. At this point they say they have no reason to believe the crash was intentional, calling it a tragic accident.  

The pick-up truck rammed right through the front of the Walmart, driving through the meat and grocery department, before coming to a halt.

"Of course it's a terrible incident," said Pella Police Chief Robert Bokinsky. "You have a number of people come to Walmart shopping, grocery shopping, Christmas shopping, and have a tragedy like this happening right in the midst of the holiday season is just a terrible thing."

The crash killed three people.The driver of the pickup truck and a victim were sent to the hospital with injuries. 

A witness who works at Sally Beauty supply nearby described what she heard just moments after

"We heard a large boom sound, and knew it came from the Walmart," said Jackie Jordan. "So we looked over at Walmart, saw people leaving the Walmart, inside Walmart. And then we heard over the loud-speaker that Walmart announced please evacuate the building over the loud-speaker and saw people coming out of the building and standing around outside."

Another witness who was headed to the store shared a video to her Facebook page, finding herself arriving to a scene of chaos. 

Authorities say they are unsure of what exactly caused the truck to crash. 

"At the time when it happened you just don't know what's happening," said Jordan. 

The shopping stop is now a crime scene, as customers have cleared out and Walmart has closed the store. 

Police will continue to investigate the cause of the crash. The names of the victims have not been released, but authorities did say none of them were children. 

A spokesperson for Walmart released a statement saying:

"We're heartbroken by what appears to be a tragic accident. Our focus right now is on our associates, customers and gathering information. We will continue working closely with law enforcement and emergency responders."
 

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