A WOMAN had to be air lifted to hospital after she was injured by an escaped bull on a canal towpath.
The woman had been walking along the canal towpath by Consall Mill in Caldon on Sunday, March 2, at around 3.30pm when a 12-month-old black bullock, which had escaped along with a heifer from a neighbouring farm, "head butted" her leaving her with chest injuries.
Police, rapid response and land ambulance crews from West Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene.
She was treated at the scene before being air lifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by Midlands Air Ambulance.
A spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The incident occurred at around 3.30pm near to Banks Lane, Ipstones.
“We sent one rapid response vehicle and a paramedic and Midlands Air Ambulance attended.
“The incident involved a bullock and a woman in her 70s.
She was treated at the scene for a chest injury and eventually taken to hospital by air ambulance.
“It was in an isolated area near to a canal and initial reports indicate that the patient had been head butted by a bull and seemed to be suffering chest pains and was subsequently taken to hospital.”
A spokesman from Staffordshire Police added: “We were called just before 4.25pm on Saturday, March 2, to support colleagues from the ambulance service who were dealing with a woman injured by a bullock on the towpath at Caldon.
“Officers attended to support colleagues at the scene. The woman was taken to hospital by air ambulance with chest injuries and the local farmer/owner was contacted to deal with the bullock which had become stuck in mud.
“The woman’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.”