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NEW INFO: Couple Injured By Rodeo Bull Speaks To WITN

We've seen the amazing video of that bull jumping in the crowd at the rodeo over the weekend at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agriculture Center in Williamston. We spoke to a couple about just how terrifying it was to be in the line of fire and injured in the incident.

A broken foot and a bruised leg are what 67-year-old Butch and 68- year-old Virginia Trimnal suffered after a bull jumped a five foot fence into the front row where they were sitting on Saturday at the rodeo in Williamston Saturday. It was not the first rodeo for either of them, but it was their first at the Ag Center in Williamston. Butch tells WITN the reason they were on the front row is because his wife has health issues preventing her from climbing up the bleachers. Little did they know in the matter of seconds a bull had come over a five-foot fence toward them.

" When I saw the top of his head come across the top rail I knew then he was coming over. The only thing I could think about was getting my wife out of the way so I pushed her off to the side and she landed on the floor," said Butch Trimnal.

The couple says the Ag Center has offered them unlimited tickets to any events in the future along with assisting them with their medical bills.
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Williamston, NC -- A day at the Old Ford Fire Department Rodeo in Williamston turned into a scary scene Saturday after officials say a bull jumped into the audience during a show and injured a couple.

According to an eyewitness, rodeo officials were trying to round up the bull after a rider fell off when then bull charged right into the audience. This picture taken by a viewer shows the bull just before it charged the couple in front of it.

Officials say two people were injured. They say the man tried to knock his wife out of the way, but both were injured.

The eyewitness says the bull then jumped right back into the ring and rodeo officials were able to control it.

The rodeo was held at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center. Department of Agriculture Spokesman Brian Long says the bull jumped some 5 feet into the stands. Long says the couple received leg and foot injuries, but were able to drive themselves home from the hospital.

Ann Conner was with her family at the rodeo and sitting right next to the couple video taping when the bull jumped into the audience.

Conner says, "He's getting closer and closer and then you hear the girls scream and that's when he came sailing just right over the railing. I've never seen an animal jump that high."

EMT's then rushed over to treat the couple. They are expected to be okay.

Martin County Deputy Claud Ambrose says, "I've worked these rodeos probably 7 or 8 years and that's the first time I've ever seen anything like this happen."

Long says the Department of Agriculture, which owns the facility, is investigating the accident.

As for the bull, he wasn't injured in the high jump, and was used in the show later that evening.


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