The opening of this year’s running of the bull in Spain has at least 5 people injured, including 2 Americans who were among 3 people gored by the bulls, Spanish officials said on Sunday.
A spokesman of the Red Cross, José Aldaba, said the most seriously injured were treated at the main regional hospital following the race that lasted 2 minutes and 41 seconds.
During the San Fermin festival held at the northern city of Pamplona, six bulls, accompanied by tame bullocks, ran together in a pack for most of the 930-yard course to the city’s bullring. One of them stumbled toward the end, causing panic and at least one goring when it charged at some racers, according to report.
A 46-year old man from San Francisco, California, was gored in the neck during the 850-meter (930-yard) course.
A 23-year old man from Florence, Kentucky and a 40-year-old Spanish man were both gored in their thighs. Two Spanish men sustained head injuries.
San Fermin festival – a deeply religious festival of San Fermin, in honor of a 3rd-century Christian convert, and the famed Encierro, the running of the bulls, have been held in Pamplona, Spain, since the 1400s.
The festival is a week-long celebration held annually in the city of Pamplona, Navarra, Spain. The celebrations start at noon on 6 July, when the party starts with the setting off the pyrotechnic and continue until midnight, on 14 July, with the singing of the Pobre de Mí. It draws around one million visitors annually.