Man dies in annual Spanish bull run

10th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

A man became the 15th person to die during the San Fermin festival since 1911 after he was hit by a bull’s horn in the neck and lungs.

Pamplona – A man was gored to death by a bull Friday during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in northern Spain, which attracts tourists from across the world, organisers said.

The San Fermin organisation said on its website that the man, whose age and nationality were not immediately confirmed, was hit by a bull's horn in the neck and lung after the animals were released in Pamplona.

"He could not survive after the horn hit him in the neck," the organisation said."The deadly blow from the horn hit the aorta and the lung."

The man's nationality and age could not be immediately confirmed.

He is the 15th person to die during the annual bull run in Pamplona since 1911.

The organisation said on its website that the man died at 8:45 am (0645 GMT) during the fourth bull run of the festival.

Three other people were hit by bull horns while a "half dozen" others were hurt falling, organisers said.

An Australian, an American, a Scot and a Swiss national were injured in other bull runs this week.

The festival, in which six bulls are released each morning to run from their corral over an 825-metre (yard) course, causes injuries every year as tourists, dressed in white with a red kerchief, sprint in front of the galloping animals.

In the afternoon, the same bulls face matadors in the bullring.

The festival, which was made famous by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, began Monday and ends on 14 July.

AFP / Expatica

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