Two people suffered minor injuries when a bull charged into the stands at a rodeo in Williamston.
The crowd was sent scrambling for cover when the 2,000-pound bull jumped over the barrier and into the audience Saturday during the Old Ford Fire Department Rodeo at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center.
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According to eyewitnesses, the bull was being rounded up after the rider fell off when it jumped into the stands. It then jumped back into the ring, where officials were able to get the animal back under control.
A man tried to knock his wife out of the way of the charging bull, witnesses said, but they were both injured in the incident. Emergency crews at the rodeo treated the couple for their injuries. They both received leg and foot injuries but were able to drive themselves home from the hospital.
Chris Connor, who was in the audience with his family, captured the incident on his video camera.
“Your first concern is, ‘Where are my children, what’s going on?’” Connor said, “because all bets are off when something like this happens.
“You start moving very quickly when a bull’s coming your way.”
Connor said it was the first time his family had attended a rodeo and that his young daughters had been looking forward to seeing a bull.
“We ended up seeing a bull up close — not the way we wanted to see it,” he said.