Breakaway bull gores three men in closing Pamplona run

Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:57am EDT
 
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PAMPLONA Spain (Reuters) - A bull gored three men after breaking away from the pack chasing crowds through the streets of Pamplona in the closing run of Spain's San Fermin festival on Monday.

The animal charged several runners in the town, lifting at least two of them off the ground on its horns and ripping through their legs.

Two Australian men were wounded - one of them, a 26-year-old, seriously - alongside a Spaniard, 21, from the surrounding Navarra region, said authorities.

For a week every July, hundreds of people dressed in white with red scarves join the daily "encierros", when bulls chase them through the town's narrow streets into the bull ring in a festival that has grown into a global tourist attraction.

Several men have already been gored this year but Monday's run, the eighth and last, was particularly brutal.

Other participants tried to distract the bull - one of a pack of six - and eventually herded it into the ring. The runs usually last between three to five minutes, and the bulls then appear in an evening bullfight, when they are killed.

Four other people, including one woman, were taken to hospital on Monday with injuries, medical authorities said.

Nine men, one of them a 23-year-old Briton, were still in hospital on Monday recovering from injuries from the past week, according to the Navarra region's hospital authorities.

Another of the injured was Bill Hillmann, an American who co-wrote a book called "Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls of Pamplona". He was gored in the thigh after he tripped and fell.   Continued...

 
A runner is gored by a Miura fighting bull at Estafeta corner during the eighth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 14, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent West