U.S. author, Spaniard gored in Spain's San Fermin bull run

Wed Jul 9, 2014 1:26pm EDT
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By Vincent West

PAMPLONA Spain (Reuters) - An American who co-wrote a book called "Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona" was badly gored on Wednesday in the morning bull run at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

A Spanish man was also gored in the "encierro", when runners in red scarves and white outfits dash through the Spanish town's streets pursued by the huge animals.

Chicago resident Bill Hillmann, 32, tripped and fell when a bull gored him in his right thigh, according to festival website sanfermin.com.

The Spaniard, a 35-year-old man from Valencia, was gored in the chest and taken to hospital in a semi-conscious state, officials said. The two men are in a serious condition, the regional government said.

A further three, all Spanish, were taken to hospital with lesser injuries from the chaotic stampede through the narrow streets of Pamplona's old town, authorities said. All the injured were men. Few women take part in the run. Authorities did not give the names of the injured men.

Wednesday's run was the third in the week-long San Fermin festival, depicted in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises".

The daily bull run starts at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and usually lasts around 3 to 5 minutes. It ends at the bull-ring, where the bulls are corralled before reappearing in the evening bullfight, when they are killed.

San Fermin has become a global tourist attraction, with tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners pouring into the Navarran capital. Many participants drink and dance all night.   Continued...

A runner gored in the leg by a Victoriano del Río fighting bull, falls at the entrance to the bullring during the third running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 9, 2014. Three runners were hospitalized following a run that lasted three minutes and twenty three seconds, according to local media. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso