August 14, 2009

Escaped rodeo bull hit by car

A Texas man said his shock following a road collision was further augmented when he learned what his car had hit -- an escaped rodeo bull.

Morgan Howell, 25, who served three tours of duty in Iraq with the Marines, said he was driving Sunday on Southwest Loop 820 in Fort Worth when there was a sudden impact with his 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Friday.

I didn't have a clue what happened, Howell said. I saw brown and then I didn't see anything. There was a collision and then I realized something had gone horribly wrong.

He said a woman who stopped to dial 911 and keep him company until police arrived told him he had hit a cow.

What's a cow doing on I-20? Howell recalled wondering.

Police said the bull, which died as a result of the impact, had also escaped Saturday but that time was returned to its owner without incident.

Howell, who had only minor injuries, said the incident cost him his transportation.

The biggest bummer of this whole situation is, I'm out a car, he said. Insurance isn't going to cover it. The guy who's responsible for the animal is in a bad spot, too, financially. He's trying to get a business off the ground, and somebody who worked for him let this happen. I feel for him, too. It's just a sour deal all around.