WOODBURY, Minn. - Things can get a bit wild during morning rush hour, but an incident Wednesday in Woodbury took things to a new level.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office tells KARE 11 that a 1,600-pound bull got loose on a pair of busy feeder roads just off I-94, dodging in and out of rush hour traffic until it was fatally shot by law enforcement.
Motorists first encountered the bull about 7:30 a.m. near Manning Avenue and Hudson Road, just south of Interstate 94, according to Washington County Sheriff's Sergeant Thomas Stafford. The animal kept popping out into traffic when he wasn't running up and down rows of corn just off the roadside. Several minor car accidents were caused by drivers trying to get out of the bull's way.
"We actually explored the option [of tranquilizing] and had that option out there,"Stafford said. "But when you are dealing with a 1,600-pound bull there was a concern that the animal would remain a safety risk."
Stafford says the bull's owner gave permission to have it put down by deputies.
The entire episode lasted about 90 minutes.
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