An elderly man was “attacked and trampled” to death in a town centre by a cow that was “dangerously out of control” and had escaped from a livestock auction house.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, the animal was able to escape from Whitland Mart in Carmarthenshire and injured a man in nearby North Road, according to Dyfed-Powys Police.
Following the cow’s rogue wandering onto the railroad tracks, which required train operators to halt operations, WalesOnline reports that the panicked animal had to be put down.
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: “The cow came across an elderly man in North Road where it attacked and trampled him, causing serious injury. The cow then went on the rail track in the area and trains had to be put on stop to mitigate the danger to them. Eventually it made its way to a field where every effort was made to safely contain it in consultation with the owner. Unfortunately, all attempts failed and, due to the danger posed by the animal, it was humanely dispatched with the consent of the owner.”
The man was flown by air ambulance to Cardiff’s University of Wales Hospital, which is the largest hospital in Wales. However, he later passed away despite the best efforts of the medical team. According to a police spokeswoman, Dyfed-Powys Police and the Health and Safety Executive are looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident on Saturday in North Road, Whitland, in which a cow that had escaped from Whitland Mart fatally injuring the elderly man to discover how the escape occurred.