PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) - Bulls gored four runners, seriously
injuring two of them, during a packed running of the bulls on the
sixth day of the San Fermin festival on Sunday.
One man, a Pamplona resident, was caught in the chest and legs
when a large bull became separated from the pack on the slippery
cobblestone streets leading to the bullring.
The bull, a Miura weighing 1,268 pounds (575 kilograms), jerked
the 44-year-old runner upward and then rolled him along the ground
in the entrance to the ring. Miuras are the largest and most famous
of Spain's fighting bulls.
The bull initially got a horn caught on a wooden barrier at a
bend in the route, slipped and became embroiled in a three-animal
pileup before resuming its gallop.
Another man, a 56-year-old from nearby Rioja, was caught under
the jaw by a horn.
The sixth running of the bulls at the annual festival was held
two days after a 27-year-old man was gored to death, the first such
fatality since 1995.
Six people who were not gored were treated for other injuries
Sunday, including one man with a suspected broken ankle.
Medical services spokesman Dr. Fernando Boneta said that while
many injuries were serious and four people had undergone emergency
surgery, hospital staff did not currently rate any case as
life-threatening. One man who was gored in the upper thorax and
thigh had been successfully stabilized, Boneta said.
Bulls are at their most dangerous when the pack splits up,
leaving individual animals disoriented and irritated by the large
crowds traditionally clad in white, with red bandana neckerchiefs
For more than 100 years thrill-seekers have accompanied the
bulls from a pen outside the city walls on a dangerous, daredevil
run to the bullring. In the afternoon, the bulls face matadors and
almost certain death.
On Friday, Spaniard Daniel Jimeno Romero was gored in the upper
chest and neck and was declared dead shortly after reaching the
City authorities said a 42-year-old Frenchman suffered a serious
head injury when he fell 16 feet (5 meters) late Saturday onto a
concrete floor in the city's zoo.