Escaped bull runs down 6 people in Alvarado

- Several people were run down by an angry bull on a busy North Texas highway Wednesday evening.

Alvarado police said the animal was recently purchased at an auction. Its owners were taking it to a vet clinic for a checkup, but it jumped over the trailer while being unloaded.

Surveillance video from a restaurant shows the bull running along Interstate 35 West near Highway 67. The video shows it knocking over a man and jumping a fence as a Johnson County livestock team tried to corral it.

The highway had to be shut down because the animal ran through traffic at least three times.

When the bull first became loose, it ran down Thomas Delaney’s street. He grabbed a rope and jumped into his pickup.

"When we got down in this area, the bull was coming at me,” said Delaney. “So I jumped out of the truck and started waving the rope, and he ducked his head.”

A total of six people were hurt. One man ended up in crutches and another was at the wrong end of the horns.

“He started coming towards me. And I turned. And as I turned he hit me right here… took me down. And that’s all I remember,” said Frank Ludovico, Jr., one of the bull's victims. "It felt like a thousand pounds hitting me in my back."

Animal control officers ended shooting the animal because it was a danger to humans.

Alvarado is located about 30 miles south of Fort Worth.

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