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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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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 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 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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