Bull runners crushed in chaotic Pamplona pile-up

13th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

Daredevil bull-runners were crushed in a pile-up in Pamplona on Saturday on the seventh day of Spain's famed San Fermin festival, and at least one man was carried away unconscious.

Television pictures showed a chaotic pile of fallen runners blocking the entrance to the bullring in the town, the end point of the frantic dash through the cobbled streets.

The pile-up blocked several of the half-tonne bulls from reaching the arena, causing chaos as runners tried to pull fallen companions free, while some of the bulls leapt over the pile, crushing runners under their hooves.

One man was seen being carried away unconscious by emergency workers, bleeding from the face as an anxious companion, dressed in the traditional white shirt and red neckerchief of the festival, looked on.

It was the second to last day of the fiesta in this northern town, which draws festival-goers and daredevils from around the world for a week of drinking and perilous bull-runs.

© 2013 AFP

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