A man was hurled into air and trampled by half-ton bulls on live TV on the second day of Spain’s annual Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona. The footage, the most dramatic of this morning’s run in the Spanish city, show man lying motionless on the ground in a white T-shirt, chequered shorts and trainers. More chaos erupted on the second day of the festival this morning when a runaway bull charged at people after it went the wrong way on route through the Spanish city.
At least 2 people were gored with a total of ten people reported to be hospitalised, including 5 Americans, at the second run of this year’s San Fermines festival. Two of the 5, men aged 35 and 22, were gored. The condition of 22 year old, who was gored in the leg near to Pamplona town hall, was described as ‘serious’ by hospital chiefs. The man seen on TV being up-ended by a bull before being dragged along the ground and trampled on by others, was injured in that area, but it has not been confirmed whether or not he was the one in a ‘serious’ condition.
The other 3 Americans, men aged 68, 59 and 35, were taken to hospital with trauma injuries. Other casualties included two Frenchmen, both aged 21 and 3 Spaniards aged 39, 33 and 27. The injury list took the total number of people taken to hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the 2 morning runs so far this year to 14. The 39 years old Irishman hurt during yesterday’s run suffered light trauma injuries to his chest. This morning’s run, broadcast live on Spanish TV, started in dramatic fashion with one runner being upended just sec after the start.
As 5 of the 6 fighting bulls sprinted along the half-mile course through the old town of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, it became apparent the other one had turned round and headed back to its pen in a moment of confusion. Herders had to bring out the bull, called Diputado, which means MP in English, using steers, but it soon raced in front of animals guiding it along the course. The animal lunged at several runners as it reached the bullring at the end of course, by now packed with revellers who had run in front of the other five fighting bulls ahead of it.
Matadors used capes to usher the runaway bull into a pen under bullring, sparing onlookers serious injury. There was no immediate word on the condition of man thrown into the air and dragged along the ground while he was trampled by the half-ton animals. Red Cross officials were caught afterwards surrounding a man with a neck brace, but it was not clear if he was the one whose dice with death was filmed live on Spanish TV. Today’s run, involving bulls from Jose Escolar breeding ranch in Avila just over an hour’s drive from Madrid, lasted just 4 minutes because of the animal that became separated from the rest. It was the third time bulls from the ranch have taken part in the festival, and the third time one of the ranch’s bulls has become separated from the rest of pack in almost identical circumstances. 16 people have been killed at the annual festival, made famous by the 1926 Ernest Hemingway novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’, since records began in 1910. The most recent death was in 2009 when 27 years old Daniel Jimeno, from Madrid, was gored in the neck by a bull called Capuchino. Australians, Americans and Brits are often among injured. Virtually all revellers wear red and white during the festival, which lasts 9 days in total.