SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 59-year-old Sabine County man died after the man's longhorn bull threw him up in the air, pinned him to the ground, and broke his neck Wednesday night.
"It was a terrible accident," said Sabine County Sheriff Thomas Maddox.
Maddox said the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Danny Spinks, who lived on Bennet Road 2 about two miles west of Hemphill, was patching a fence when the bull came up behind him. Using its horn, the bull picked Spinks up by his clothes and threw him into the air.
When Spinks hit the ground, the bull pinned him there, but it didn't gore him.
"[Spinks] died from a broken neck," Maddox said.
Maddox said Spinx' wife saw the whole thing, and she got the bull off her husband with sugar cubes.
Spinks died before he could be air lifted to another hospital for treatment of his injuries.
"Referring to Spinks' wife, Maddox said, "She's just in shock, as we all would be after witnessing your loved one get killed."