Bull Escapes Slaughterhouse, Rams Woman

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:13 PM EDT
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State police say a bull that escaped as it was being unloaded at a slaughterhouse instead rammed a woman on a motor scooter in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Troopers from the barracks in Girard say Nicole Morton, 30, was taken to an Erie hospital after the incident about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

"It looked like a calm bull at first," said Morton's husband, Kevin.

"Then suddenly it up and charged. When it got in front of my wife, it just reared up and charged her. It jumped up into her and hit her in the face," he said.

The Mortons and another motorcyclist were stopped on a nearby road when the bull got loose. All three were wearing helmets.

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Nicole Morton was conscious and talking on her way to the hospital, her husband told the Erie Times-News.

The bull was one of four bovines that escaped while being unloaded at McDonald Meats in Girard Township, about 15 miles west of Erie.

A woman who answered the company's phone on Thursday declined comment.

Police say the bull that lunged at Morton and the other cows had to be shot by police who responded to the scene.

The bulls were going to be butchered, had they not escaped.

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