PAMPLONA, Spain – A man from Valencia has died after being gored by a heifer in a bull-run near the southern Spanish town of Alicante.
The deadly incident occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday during late-night festivities in the small village of Pedreguera. The Red Cross says the heifer gored the 29-year-old man through the thorax and abdomen.
He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, were attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The man was pronounced dead about an hour later.
The town has suspended all bull-related festivities for the day. Last year, another man also died after being gored during one of its bull runs.
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A Spanish hospital says at least one man has been gored and seven other runners injured in an unusual third-day running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.
One of the six bulls used in the run Saturday was late coming out of the gate. Another got separated from the pack early in the race, did a U-turn and gored a nearby runner, lifting his body off the ground and creating moments of fear and tension. Once the bull gained steam again, he was harassed by runners on his way to the bull ring.
More than 1,000 people took part in the run, which lasted just over four minutes, about 1 ½ times longer than usual.
Navarra Hospital has confirmed that one man was gored in the thorax but said his condition was considered stable and seven others were injured in falls and suffered contusions.
Falls were frequent and hair-raisingly dangerous Saturday among participants, who packed the narrow streets. Bulls also tripped over themselves on the slippery stone-cobbled surface, as curves tightened and running lanes were scarcer as the race progressed.
Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. The nine-day San Fermin fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.
Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in the San Fermin festival last year. In all, 15 people have died from gorings in the festival since record-keeping began in 1924.