Pictured: The architect student, 20, who was horrifically gored during Pamplona bull run and has had to have his spleen removed
- Patrick Eccles, 20, was gored in the stomach and had his spleen removed
- A 42-year-old Spaniard was left with arm injuries
- Most bloody attack was 31-year-old gored twice in the groin and once in the leg
Patrick Eccles, who studies architecture and business, was gored in the stomach on Friday morning by the half-ton beast. Today was the bloodiest day of the annual festival after Mr Eccles, from Logan, was seriously injured along with two Spaniards as people ran through the town’s cobbled streets being hotly pursued by bulls.
Horrifying pictures show the American tourist, dressed in traditional white with a red scarf, being pierced in the stomach by a bull’s horn as he screams in pain.
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Mr Eccles was studying abroad in Spain but not as part of a university program, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
According to the Utah University‘s website graduated from Logan High School where he was a member of the football team.
He was rushed to Navarra Hospital where doctor’s discovered that the bull’s horn had pierced his abdominal cavity and punctured the organ. His condition was reported as stable.
Mr Eccles and a second American, aged 48 and thought to have suffered head injuries, were both in hospital.
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.
A 42-year-old Spaniard also had his arm punctured on Friday but the most terrifying moments occurred when a lone bull became separated from the pack and 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.
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.
His condition was described as ‘serious.’
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
They included gas firm worker John Bennett, 44, from Wolverhampton in the UK, 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.
Annual event: Fifteen people have been killed at the annual festival, made famous by a 1926 Ernest Hemingway novel, since records began in 1911
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
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