Thursday 22 March 2018

Two gored in Pamplona bull run

Revellers run beside bulls at the San Fermin Festival
Revellers run beside bulls at the San Fermin Festival

Two Spanish men were in a serious condition after being gored during the fourth day of the running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

Three others sustained head injuries, officials said.

The gored men, aged 29 and 34, were from the south-eastern town of Valencia, and were injured in an alleyway leading to the bullring. No further details were revealed.

The three others with head injuries, also Spaniards from Murcia, Madrid and Barcelona, were admitted to hospital. One aged 36, was under observation and the two others were in fair condition.

More than 1,000 participants packed the narrow cobblestoned streets of Pamplona's old town. The bulls came out strong from the starting gate and completed the 930-yard (850-m) run within 2.5 minutes.

Slips and falls, however, were constant by bulls and runners, and some participants were stampeded by the 1,300lbs (590-kilogram) animals on the way to the bullring.

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.

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

Press Association

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