Minnesota Secretary of State candidate, campaign manager injured in parade float accident

John Howe and campaign manager Tim Droogsma were injured.
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John Howe (left) and Tim Droogsma shared pictures from their hospital beds.

John Howe (left) and Tim Droogsma shared pictures from their hospital beds.

A freak accident at a parade in Carver County injured the Minnesota Republicans' candidate for Secretary of State and his campaign manager.

Candidate John Howe and staffer Tim Droogsma were taken to hospital after the float they were on crashed at the Carver Steamboat Days parade Sunday.

Howe posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed on Sunday afternoon, showing blood on his hand and his neck in a brace.

Droogsma did the same, noting that he had been run over by a "2,800 pound trailer" in the accident.

MPR reports that the accident happened at the end of the parade in the staging area, when the tractor pulling the float with the pair on it suddenly sped up and hit a curb.

Howe and Droogsma were thrown to the pavement, with Droogsma run over by the flatbed trailer. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

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Howe, a former state senator and mayor of Red Wing, is standing as the GOP candidate for Secretary of State, opposing DFL incumbent Steve Simon.

Among those at the scene was U.S. Senate candidate Jim Newberger, who is a trained paramedic and who helped in the aftermath of the accident.

That's according to Amy Koch, the campaign manager for the other GOP Senate candidate, Karin Housley, who took pictures of the scene and shared them on Facebook.

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