Five hurt in latest Pamplona bull run

Author: By Alvaro Barrientos, Associated Press

One man had a lucky escape when he confronted a lone bull that had broken away
from the pack after a fall but he was only rolled around the ground and not
caught by its horns.

The fifth bull run in the eight-day San Fermin feast took place the day after
a 27-year-old man was gored to death, the first since 1995.

Virgen del Camino Hospital spokesman Dr. Fernando Boneta said five people
suffered head injuries today and were admitted for medical treatment but
none was seriously hurt.

One man was hit hard on the chin and knocked unconscious by a calf inside the
bullring after the running of the bulls had finished.

The bulls Saturday belonged to breeder Dolores Aguirre, famed for producing
hefty, strong animals. The largest of the six animals weighed in at 1,378
pounds (625 kilograms).

The runs start at an overnight enclosure half a mile away from the city’s
bullring where the animals face matadors and almost certain death each
afternoon of this ancient fiesta.

The pack races along the often damp cobblestone course accompanied by six
steers, each with a large clanking bell around its neck, whose function is
to try to keep the group trotting together.

The greatest danger happens when the pack splits up, leaving bulls disoriented
and irritated by crowds composed of thousands of adrenaline-charged ? and
often alcohol-fueled ? thrill seekers.

Despite the large number of runners and the separation of one bull from the
pack, all of Aguirre’s animals entered the ring in 2 minutes 52 seconds, a
reasonably fast time.

“I noticed the streets were swollen by a lot of runners,” said Jaime de
Vargas, who had dedicated his run to fellow bull aficionado and friend
Daniel Jimeno Romero who died Friday.

Hundreds of revelers paid homage to Jimeno Romero by leaving traditional red
neckerchiefs tied to wooden barriers at the spot where a bull gored him
fatally in the upper chest and neck.

Boneta said all of those injured in yesterday’s event, including a 61-year-old
American who was struck in the chest and had internal bleeding in his lungs,
were doing well in hospital.

Friday’s death raises to 15 the toll since record-keeping began in 1924.

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