Multiple Injuries Reported after Rodeo Bulls Get Loose

By Dave Greber

Multiple Injuries Reported after Rodeo Bulls Get Loose

August 27, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM EDT

Harford, PA (WBNG Binghamton) One of four bulls loose at the Harford Fair late Friday in Harford wreaked havoc at the grounds, leaving as many as 10 people injured, at least one of them seriously.

Crews were called at approximately 10:45 p.m. Friday to the Harford Fairgrounds off School Street for four rodeo bulls that had gotten loose and were running through the park.

Harford County Fair Director Michael Kowalewski said the bulls got loose as they were being loaded. Three of them were contained immediately, while one ran through the grounds.

"I looked over to where the food stands were, and I saw all these kids running, and almost trampling over one another," said Brent Kelly, who had just left the fair and was standing nearby with his family. "Then I saw the bull. It had horns and everything. It was running down the main fairway."

Emergency crews from throughout Susquehanna County were called to the fairgrounds, where a triage area was quickly established.

Reports say there were at least 10 victims being treated for various injuries. At least one of them, a woman, had to be taken to Geisinger by helicopter, according to emergency communication reports out of Susquehanna County. In all, the victims were taken to five different hospitals.

The lone bull was corralled within an hour, according to witnesses.

The commotion forced organizers to evacuate the fairgrounds before the 11 p.m. closing time.

Santos DelVillano, of Binghamton, attended the fair with his girlfriend and 8-year-old son. He described the scene as unorganized and chaotic.

"She grabs my son to get him out of the way, and they close the gates," DelVillano said. "I'm watching little kids trying to crawl under the gates to get away because they couldn't get over them. They were trying to lift kids over the gates, just to get them outta there.

"I don't believe how they handled this," DelVillano added of fair organizers. "It's disgusting. When they shut that gate, I just flipped."

When asked about the actions of fair organizers, Kowalewski said that's part of the State Police investigation.

He declined to answer additional questions, saying State Police are handling the entire investigation into what went wrong.

"The Harford Fair family's thoughts and prayers are with those who are injured and their families," Kowalewski said in a written statement.

Kowalewski said the fair will open, as scheduled, at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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