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Man dies after bull attack


A Sparta man was working at an area farm Tuesday when he was fatally injured by a bull.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Thomas William Hammond, 60, of Sparta, was working at 1046 Hull St. NE, in Algoma Township, when the incident occurred. Hammond was working for Spartan Farms, 11116 Pine Island Drive, Sparta, and was a long-time employee.

Emergency dispatch received a call about 11:25 a.m. that a 60-year-old male was having trouble breathing after being attacked by a bull.

Police said that employees were attempting to load a farm bull on to a trailer to remove it from the farm, when the bull ran away from the trailer and back in to the barn, where Hammond was located. The bull ran to the victim and attacked him, hitting his chest with his head several times. Employees were able to separate the bull from the victim, and assisted him out of the barn.

Sparta Fire, Algoma Fire, Rockford ambulance, and Aeromed were all dispatched to the scene. Rescue personnel rendered aid to the victim, however the victim soon became unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kent County Animal Control also responded to the scene and did not find any animal violations.

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