Saturday 3 December 2016

Man dies after being gored in bull run near Alicante

Alex Oller

Published 09/07/2016 | 17:46

A recortador performs at the bullring during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent West
A recortador performs at the bullring during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent West

A man has died after being gored in a late-night bull run near the southern Spanish city of Alicante, while two men were gored and 12 others injured in Pamplona.

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The deadly goring occurred at about 1am during festivities in the small village of Pedreguera, where the Red Cross said the heifer gored the 29-year-old man through the thorax and abdomen.

The man, from Valencia, was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead an hour later.

The city suspended all bull-related festivities for the day.

At the famed San Fermin festival, the bull run was unusually long on Saturday, with one bull left stranded at the starting gate, where he proceeded to charge and strike a couple of runners.

Many other participants fell and were stampeded by the head of the pack in the 930-yard (850-metre) race.

A boy covers his face with a mask as a ''Gigante'', a member of the Comparsa Parade, at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A boy covers his face with a mask as a ''Gigante'', a member of the Comparsa Parade, at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Another of the six bulls in the run got separated from the pack early in the race, did a U-turn and gored a nearby runner, lifting his body off the ground and flipping him over.

A 33-year-old Japanese man and a 24-year-old Spaniard were gored, according to a government statement. The Navarra hospital said one of them had suffered a thorax wound.

A dozen others were also taken to city hospitals for trauma care, including a 37-year-old from Barcelona and another 33-year-old Japanese man, the regional government said.

More than 1,000 people took part in the run, which lasted just over four minutes, about one-and-a-half times longer than usual.

A judge in Pamplona ordered five men accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Thursday during the festival to be jailed without bail. The assault had triggered protests in Pamplona.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. The nine-day San Fermin fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises and attracts thousands of foreign tourists each year.

Ten people were gored at the San Fermin festival last year. In all, 15 people have died from gorings at the festival since record-keeping began in 1924.

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