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Richland County: Fleeing steer injures teacher.

SHELBY -- It's the first such accident in the history of Pioneer Career and Technology Center's meat processing program.

The bizarre incident happened on the animal's way to slaughter.

Kucic was behind that 1,200-pound animal, leading it through a narrow chute when the steer spooked and tried to turn around.

The instructor was thrown over the divide, fracturing his pelvis. He also suffered minor head injuries. 

Kucic is in stable condition at Grant Hospital in Columbus.

"The steer got excited, frightened because it wasn't used to being in a confined area," said Pioneer Superintendent Glenna Cannon.

Cannon gives full credit to instructor Kucic for following the school's safety rules during last Thursday's rodeo-like classroom wrangling.

"He had a hard hat on, he had his gloves, he had his garb, he wears the leather apron," Cannon said.

Students were recognized for their calm under pressure. It was the first time their class project fought back.

"They were excellent. They knew exactly what to do. They knew how to handle the situation," Cannon said.

The Pioneer program is award-winning. It is one of the only meat processing trade schools that has a slaughter component on-site.

Students learn meat cuts and cutting. They butcher pigs, steers, even deer.

Kucic started the "Hunters for Hunger Program" to feed the poor.

Around this ranch, Kucic is widely admired.

After this go around, he's cowboy Bill Kucic.

The students were never in jeopardy. They are prohibited from being in the holding pen.

Although one fast-acting student came from inside and closed the gate before the steer got loose.

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