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Spain's Pamplona bull run ends in stampede

Source: Reuters - Sat 13th Jul 2013
Spain's Pamplona bull run ends in stampede

Several people were injured in a stampede at Spain's San Fermin bull run on Saturday, when bulls that had chased them down the cobbled streets of Pamplona were crushed against them at the narrow entrance to the bullring.

At least one person was seriously injured, local medical officials told Spanish national television, and three were being treated for injuries from falling or being trampled. Others caught in the scrum were being attended to in the bullring.

Health officials said four people had been taken to hospital. A spokeswoman at San Fermin's festival media office said she had no further information on those in the bullring.

On Friday 3 men were gored during Friday's run, including an American tourist who had his spleen removed.

In the week-long festival, bulls chase hundreds of runners through the town's narrow streets daily at 8 a.m. (7 a.m. British time). Saturday's run lasted 4 mins 15 seconds.

Goring happens from time to time at the hundreds of such bull-running fiestas in Spain every year but stampedes are rare.

San Fermin attracts large numbers of visitors since Ernest Hemingway made it famous with his novel "The Sun Also Rises".

Comment on this Story

 
Why is that it is always non-Spaniards who end being the ones injured at such events ? Maybe too much Wine, Bravado and a case of leaving your common sense on the plane ?
Robster - Sun, 14th Jul 2013