UPDATED: Bull Struck and Killed in Ridge Road Crash

Plainfield police are investigating accident that killed animal, sent man to hospital.

Updated at 7 p.m. Aug. 31

Police had to put down a bull that was severely injured after being struck by a car late Thursday night near Ridge and Wheeler roads.

Sgt. Mike Fisher said the animal had wandered off a farm near Route 126 and Ridge Road and was hit by a car.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to Provena Saint Joseph hospital in fair condition following the crash. Fisher said the darkeness may have made it difficult for the driver to see the black bull.

"It's a real dark area out there," Fisher said.

"Obviously, the bull was hurt very badly," he said. "Our officers dispatched the animal humanely."

Original story:

A driver was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet in fair condition after his vehicle struck a bull that had wandered into the road Thursday night.

Chief Jon Stratton said the man was driving south on Ridge Road south of Wheeler Road when he struck the animal, which Stratton described as a “very large black bull.”

The man, who was the only occupant of the car, was taken to the hospital in fair condition after the crash, which sent the car into a ditch.

The bull didn’t fare so well, Stratton said.

“The [bull] did not make it through the incident,” he said. “He was huge — just one big bull.”

were investigating the crash Thursday night and were working to find out who owned the animal, Stratton said.

Officials did not know how the bull ended up in the roadway, Stratton said.

Plainfield police could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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Firemanfred1921 August 31, 2012 at 05:20 AM
This is not breaking news. Breaking news would be reporting on the Plainfield Fire Protection District meetings, not providing fair compensation to the FF/PM, and their continued frivolous wasteful spending. The stone walls and flat screen tv in the Fire Chiefs office has done more damage to the FF/PM and the taxpayers of the fire district than a bull wandering in the middle of the road. Breaking news would be when the Deputy Fire Chief had struck a pickup truck in downtown Plainfield with a fire engine while responding to a call causing it to flip.
Cindy August 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I drove by Caton Farm and Ridge last nite and saw the road blocked by the police and was wondering what happened so thank you to Plainfield Patch for reporting on this. And this was more than just a bull wandering the road. A person was injured after his car struck the bull and went into the ditch. Glad he wasn't seriously hurt. And FF, the next time you're involved in an accident I hope when emergency crews show up to help you, you don't accuse them of wasting your tax dollars.
Julie Ferenzi August 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I took my kids to the Anderson Tree Farm yesterday and they have all kinds of animals you can visit. While I was there there we saw a pen with what looked like 2 bulls in it... except that they were actually Yak's. When we went over by it to pet it, it charged at me a few times. There were no signs not to pet it or go near it so I could only assume it was at least friendly. I told one of the volunteers that it charged at the fence a few times, and they acted surprised, which makes me wonder if there was something wrong with it... maybe it got out? The farm is just off of Ridge Rd and Rt. 126. I'll be curious to find out where the bull came from. It's just a strange coincidence especially since that yak was so aggressive yesterday.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Thanks, Julie. I'll check it out. That sounds pretty scary.
Moe August 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM
@ Firemanfred1921, It would be nice if you, and other people (Tim, T-Bone) stayed on topic. I am sick and tired of reading the ignorant whining rhetoric crap. So, I'm asking you and the others, If you don't have something constructive to add to the topic/article at hand. Then, Please keep it to yourself. That is all! You are now clear to clear!
Scott Weimer August 31, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Freedom of speach is protected by the first amendment in the united states constitution, who are you to tell me to keep it to ourselves. I beleived its our rights as citizens to voice our opinions where ever we please buddy! I mean unless your jesus christ himself and somehow changed our constitution but I highly doubt that so until then voice your opinions.
Diann Heisler August 31, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Really? You thought you could pet a yak?
Diann Heisler August 31, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Not really scary - it should be common sense that you don't pet a yak. Maybe you would like to try to pet the coyotes that are running around also.
Moe August 31, 2012 at 02:27 PM
@Scott, You're absolutely correct that Freedom of speach is protected by the first amendment in the united states constitution. No, arguments there. I'm just saying that most people come to the patch to read topics/articles. And, not to read someones opinion that is "off topic". It's sad when you see these ignorant ramblings. Their sole purpose for post them, is to stir non-constructive debate, or arguing. Which then turn into childish behavior, name calling and what not. Attack, attack... attack. That's pretty sad if you ask me.
abe carver August 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Diann, please chill, In Julie's defense, a Yak is primarialy a domesticated farm amimal in most parts of the world, more similar to a dairy cow than a wild coyote. I'm not sure most people would think of a cow in its pen as inherently dangerous animal. Its not like she tried to ride it. She just assumed that if it was a danger to try to pet it or be around, someone would have thought to post a sign.
Firemanfred1921 August 31, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Moe - my comments are constructive. Shannon and the previous editor have yet to report on any of the fire district meetings where the spending spree takes place. Yet we see all these stories where there's just a minor injury and the police never have any information. What's ignorant is the ignoring of the fire district which allows them to spend spend and spend. If there was ever any reporting on what they spend every meeting, people would be outraged just like I and the rest of the firefighters are. No where did I call anyone a name. How do I get on topic when this reporter never goes to a fire district meeting to report on what they spend money on? They just wasted more money on another new fire engine we did not need and are now wanting to spend a half a million dollars on a ten year old ladder truck. Yet, we write all these articles on minor injury accidents.
LMS August 31, 2012 at 03:42 PM
If the yaks were in or near a petting zoo then yes, of course she thought she could pet them. Google "petting zoo yaks" if besting a stranger on the Plainfield Patch with an off-topic insult still interests you. (Bad news...there ARE yaks in petting zoos. If you want to argue whether or not this is a good idea, or whether people should approach and pet them, write a separate blog. I'd love to hear all about your Yaks and the People Who Pet Them opinions. Somewhere else.) More to the point is the idea that there are animals like horses and apparently yaks and bulls in the immediate area that could get loose and out onto dark roadways with relatively fast speed limits.
Nicole August 31, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Some of the people who post on the Plainfield Patch are complete idiots, it's no wonder there are so many ignorant people I run into on a daily basis when out and about in Plainfield. If you don't like the article, and do not care about it's contents, don't read it. How about you stop insulting the woman who has to create an email nearly everyday and has to try to please the completely unpleasable.
Wanda Goble August 31, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I agree with Nicole. There's no reason what's so ever to post anything remotely negative about this story. Grow up "adults"....
Siemes August 31, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I fully respect the Freedom of speech (notice spelling) and respect those men and women who have fought and continue to fight every day to keep those freedoms. With that in mind, just because someone has the right to speak their opinions does not always mean they should. People need to use common sense and logic when determining if they should "speak their mind".
T-Bone August 31, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Whatever Shmoe...Keep your comments to yourself. You must like my comments because you knew this was going to get you one!
T-Bone August 31, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Well Shmoe, Last I looked there was space between the end of the article and the begining of the comments that makes it possible to read the article and go to the next without looking at the comments...
Rob September 01, 2012 at 02:32 AM
My girlfriend was driving home when this happened. The officer directing traffic waved her by and she drove by real slow with her window down. As she was passing the bull she could hear it moaning and gurgling as it lay in the street. I am happy they put it out of its misery and not just let it lay there and bleed to death. It is really dark on that stretch of road and was probably very hard to see the bull in time. Maybe the village should put more lights out that way for it is a main route of traffic from Plainfield to Minooka. Might throw in a gas station since there is not one for dang near 15 miles "hint" Get with the times Plainfied
Julie Ferenzi September 01, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Wow, I just came back to this thread to find out where the bull came from and check out the update, and apparently Diann thinks I'm an idiot... sorry, I didn't take "Farm Animals 101" in college. Being insulted in the comment thread of The Plainfield Patch is nothing new though. Thanks to those readers who also thought the remarks were not called for :o)
Julie Ferenzi September 01, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Right on Nicole!
Alright Now September 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Hey Fred...your fair compensation is almost done...so knock it off already...see you thursday!
Diann Heisler September 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Julie - I do not think you are an idiot. Anderson Tree Farm is not a petting zoo - while they have animals there, they also have people hunting in the fields to kill coyotes that are killing their animals. I just think that people in general need to think before approaching animals. Without knowing you, I can make a guess to say that you don't let your children walk up to strangers dog and pet them - so why would you try to pet an animal in a pen. I don't think that signs are necessary - just that people need to use common sense before approaching any animal.
Hassan D September 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM
The driver of the car (my dad) suffered from a fractured vertebratum in this crash. The car has been hit pretty bad, I can send some pics if you provide me an email addres.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thanks, Hassan. I hope your dad is doing OK. You can reach me at shannon.antinori@patch.com.
Julie Ferenzi September 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Hassan, I hope your dad makes a full recovery. I think you can upload photos directly onto The Patch. You just have to go to the top of the article under the photo and there is a tab that says "add photos". You can post them right on here.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thank you for the photos, Hassan. Best wishes to your family and your dad.
Despiser of Obama December 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Did he try to "steer" around the bull.


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