Washington Co. Man Injured In Bull Attack

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A 79-year-old Washington County man is recovering from severe injuries following a bull attack Monday afternoon.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says Dale Gerken and his grandson were leading the bull into a cattle chute for a veterinary appointment when the animal turned and escaped.

Mincks says the bull charged Gerken, rammed him and tossed him several feet into the air.

He was knocked unconscious in the fall.

Gerken suffered head and chest injuries after the bull stomped on him several times.

Bystanders stopped the attack by hitting the bull with a metal pipe and pulling Gerken out of the way.

Mincks says Gerken was transported to a Columbus hospital Tuesday morning and is in critical condition following surgery.