Two runners were gored and one was being treated for a head injury, according to early reports on day two of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, which is celebrating its world-famous Sanfermines fiestas.
At least 10 people were variously injured in the run, according to an early Red Cross release. They were described as five US nationals, two Frenchmen and three Spaniards.
Runners were facing six fighting bulls raised at the José Escolar Gil ranch in Lanzahíta (Ávila). Shortly after the run began, one bull stopped in its tracks at a pedestrian crosswalk, became evidently confused, and trotted into the ox pen, located next to the bull corral. This is an extremely rare occurrence, only seen before two years ago with another bull from this same stockbreeder.
Herders had to use oxen to convince the straggler, a 480-kilogram bull named Diputado (Deputy), to go back down the 875-meter course leading through the cobble-stoned streets of downtown Pamplona and into the bullring. The encierro, as the runs are called in Spanish, lasted four minutes, compared with Friday’s two minutes and 58 seconds, due to the straggler.
A bull named Diputado turned around and went back to the corrals
The Red Cross said that one runner was gored in the backside on Cuesta de Santo Domingo, and another man was gored in his left arm at City Hall square.
Following tradition, the runners congregated on Cuesta de Santo Domingo a few minutes before 8am and sang to a figure of Saint Fermín, the patron saint of this festivity, to ask for protection during the run.
Two Americans and a Spaniard were injured on Friday. Encierros will be held every morning until July 14. Local authorities expect over 16,000 runners this year. There were 16,448 participants at last year’s encierros, municipal records show.
Since 1910, 16 people have lost their lives at the encierros.
English version by Susana Urra.