Horrific scenes on the streets of Pamplona as three men are brutally gored in bloodiest day yet of this year’s Running of the Bulls
- An American, 20, was gored in the stomach – he is in a serious condition
- A 42-year-old Spaniard was left with arm injuries
- Most bloody attack was 31-year-old twice in the groin and once in the leg
- Another three people, including a 48-year-old American, injured in run
By Gerard Couzens PUBLISHED: 12 July 2013
The 20-year-old American tourist was gored in the stomach and a 42-year-old Spaniard in the arm as they took part in a bull-run in Pamplona, where people race through the Spanish town’s cobbled streets pursued by the animals.
But the most terrifying moments occurred when a lone bull which had become separated from the pack attacked a second Spanish runner as he lay helpless on the ground after being mown down by the animal and tripping in front of it.
Terror: Other runners tried to distract the animal by grabbing its tail and waving newspapers at it. But a friend was only able to drag him away after more than half a minute of terror
The half-ton beast gored the 31-year-old twice in the groin and once in the leg.
Dramatic TV pictures showed him being lifted in the air on the animal’s horns with his trousers round his ankles.
Other runners tried to distract the animal by grabbing its tail and waving newspapers at it.
But a friend was only able to drag him away after more than half a minute of terror.
The injured man, from the eastern Spanish province of Castellon between Barcelona and Alicante, was undergoing an emergency operation this morning.
His condition was described as ‘serious.’
Surgeons were also operating on the American gored in the stomach by another bull earlier along the half-mile run through the town of Pamplona in northern Spain.
The government press office identified the American gored only by his initials – P.E. – and gave his age as 20.
He and a second American, aged 48 and thought to have suffered head injuries, were also described as being in a ‘serious’ condition.
Six people in total were taken to hospital after today’s run, the sixth of eight.
The gorings were the first of this year’s festival, in which just 15 runners had been taken to hospital over the first five days.
Fail: The woman does not succeed as she runs ahead while the bull makes contact
The black bull which caused most panic Friday made several more attempts to charge people before he was eventually guided along the narrow streets to join the rest for the pack in the pen of the packed bull ring
They included gas firm worker John Bennett, 44, from Wolverhampton, who suffered knee injuries on the first run on Sunday after being trampled on by other runners as he fell near the end of the course.
Fifteen people have been killed at the annual festival, made famous by a 1926 Ernest Hemingway novel, since records began in 1911.
Between 200 to 300 people are usually injured each year.
The most recent death was in 2009 when 27-year-old Daniel Jimeno, from Madrid, was gored in the neck by a bull called Capuchino.
The event has become increasingly popular with foreigners, who join the locals by staying up all night drinking and partying before thousands compete in the 8am run.
Pamplona’s population of 200,000 swells to around two million during the festival, the largest in Spain.
After each morning run, the animals are killed in an afternoon bullfight.
Around 3,500 thrill-seekers compete in the most popular weekend runs with 2,000 taking part during the week.
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