REDDING, Calif. — Several people were injured when a bull jumped a fence and escaped from an arena during a popular rodeo in Northern California, authorities said. (Watch the video below.)
The breakout happened Friday during the final leg of the Redding Rodeo’s bull riding event, the Redding Rodeo Association said on Facebook.
The bull jumped over a fence, then pushed through a crowd of spectators and through a parking lot before being captured near a bridge about half a mile from the arena.
At least six people were treated for minor injuries, including Jordan Greco, 15, a sophomore at Redding’s Enterprise High School.
Greco told Redding Record Searchlight that the bull’s horn severed his leg as the animal charged into the VIP section of the arena.
“Getting hit by a bull was an experience,” Greco said. “To be honest, I didn’t feel it at the time because my adrenaline was rising and I had to make split-second decisions.”
At least one person was injured near the Sundial Bridge, where the animal was eventually grabbed, placed in a trailer and returned to his ranch, Cpl. said Aaron Holleman.
“We wish the best to everyone involved. The safety of our fans is our top priority and we appreciate their support,” the Redding Rodeo Association statement said.
The incident happened on the third day of the annual four-day rodeo.
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