'A Volatile Situation': Multiple People Injured After Rodeo Bull Jumps Fence at Oregon Event

Multiple people were injured after a rodeo bull jumped a fence at an event in Oregon over the weekend

Published Time: 10.06.2024 - 14:31:10 Modified Time: 10.06.2024 - 14:31:10

Multiple people were injured after a rodeo bull jumped a fence at an event in Oregon over the weekend.

The bull got loose at the 84th Sisters Rodeo on Saturday, June 8, injuring three people — two of whom were taken to a local hospital — the Sisters Rodeo Association shared in a statement posted on Facebook.

"The rodeo announcer immediately activated the emergency response plan," the statement read. "The bull ran out through the rodeo grounds and back to the livestock holding pens."

"Rodeo livestock professionals quickly responded to safely contain the bull. It was secured next to the livestock holding pens by our rodeo pickup men and immediately placed into a pen," the statement added.

The statement confirmed authorities immediately issued first aid to the victims. 

"We wish the best to all affected. The safety of our fans is our highest priority and we appreciate their support," the statement concluded.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Rodeo Sports Medicine, and Sisters Rodeo didn't immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected during the bull riding last night. We are grateful to hear that all injured persons are now home," Sisters Rodeo said in another message shared on Facebook on June 9.

Per NBC News, ABC, and NDTV, the bull was named Party Bus.

In videos shared online, the crowd could be seen singing to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” before the bull jumped over the fence.

Vice president of Sisters Rodeo, Brian Witt, spoke to Fox News -

Digital about the "very rare" incident. "It's the first time we've ever had this happen in Sisters Rodeo history. I talked to our Scott contractors that have that bull, and they said it's just highly unusual, very rare, they have seen very little of this in their entire career," Witt told the outlet.

"They'll see it on their own farm once in a while, just in their own pens, but never had this happen at a rodeo, it's just very, very rare," Witt continued.

Insisting the bull was not going after anyone in the crowd, Witt told the outlet, "He was just a little scared. He wasn't out to try and hit anybody. He was just trying to make it back to the herd and back in the chutes, just getting back with all the rest of the bulls. He was outside the arena, so it was a different situation for him."

"It was remarkably fortunate that there were no additional problems. Our first responders were just remarkable in terms of being able to give immediate care. And the cowboys were just so quick to be right on top of, you know, a pretty volatile situation," Witt added.

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Per Fox News Digital, Witt confirmed a fourth person had also suffered minor injuries.

Witt did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

The final Sisters Rodeo performance went ahead on Sunday, June 9, as planned, per the association's Facebook statement.

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