MARTINEZ (KPIX 5) — A runaway bull caused a six-car pileup in the East Bay Monday night.
At 7:59 p.m., the California Highway Patrol received a call about a bull walking in the fast lane on eastbound state Highway 4 east of McEwen Road in unincorporated Contra Costa County.READ MORE: Police Searching For Missing Belmont Teen With Mental Health Issues
A short time later, CHP received calls reporting a vehicle had struck a bull and other vehicles involved in a chain reaction crash.
• ALSO READ: Galloping Horses Disrupt 680 Morning Commute
Arriving officers located two separate collisions. One collision involved a single vehicle that had fatally struck the bull.READ MORE: COVID: FDA Expected To Authorize Mixing Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots
The second collision involved five vehicles. Three people were transported to a hospital with minor injuries, CHP said
It’s not clear where the animal came from, but a local rancher speculates all our stormy weather may have had something to do with it.
“Maybe because of this terrible winter … erosion underneath the fence, the hill slid and the cow got out that way…It scares us all to death when they get out on the freeway,” said local rancher Nick Compaglia.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Mystery Hero Rescues Man Trapped In Burning Building In San Francisco
Compaglia estimates the bull was worth between $8,000 and $10,000.