Man, 55, killed after being gored by bull at annual festival in Spain
Man, 55, killed after being gored by a bull at an annual festival in Spain – the first in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
- An unnamed man was gored to death during a bull-racing festival in Onda, Castellon
- He was rushed to hospital but died after bull’s horn punctured his femoral artery
- Images of the horror moment showed him motionless as a bull charged at him
A 55-year-old man has died after being gored by a bull at a festival in Spain – marking the first such death in the country since the start of the Covid pandemic.
The animal was filmed on Saturday lifting the reveler into the air on the tips of his horns and throwing him to the ground as shocked onlookers took refuge in the doorway of a store a few feet away.
Other revelers in Onda, in the eastern province of Castellon, attempted to drive the bull away to prevent it from attacking the injured man again as he lay unconscious on the ground.
He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead after hemorrhaging blood from a gore wound in his left thigh near his groin that had punctured his femoral artery.
Officials at Onda’s town hall said they were suspending the rest of the night’s events when they learned he had lost his life.
People run past the bulls in the first bull run after the restrictions of the Covid-19 coronavirus are lifted, in the village of Tafalla, Navarre, Spain on October 23, 2020. A participant died at a separate festival in Onda , in the eastern province of CastellÃ³n
The horned man, from the nearby town of La Vall d’Uixo, has yet to be named.
Images of the horror moment showed him motionless in front of the bull as he charged at it.
The man, who was wearing a white baseball cap, a red top and black pants, was knocked down in the air by the animal and crashed onto the sidewalk on his head and back.
He was treated urgently by an on-site doctor before being transported by ambulance to La Plana hospital in nearby Villarreal, where he was pronounced dead.
A commentator on a local TV station, who reportedly broadcast the incident live, could be heard saying, âWe’ve had one hell of a somersault here.
“Hopefully it’s nothing serious but it looks like he’s lying still.”
The incident occurred during the Fira de Onda, an annual festival where bulls are released on the streets that the regional government describes on its website as an “excuse for the celebration”.
A central part of the festivities is the running of the bulls, where revelers roam the streets like at the famous San Fermines event in the city of Pamplona in northern Spain.
The Fira de Onda festival was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday’s deadly bull has been described as the first of its kind in a Spanish festival involving animals since the onset of the health crisis.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, several revelers were killed each year at Spanish festivals
Onda City Hall confirmed in a statement after the incident: âDue to the death of a man this afternoon and as a sign of respect and condolences, the rest of the scheduled nightly events have been suspended.
âThe Fira de Onda takes place during the last week of October, when Onda celebrates its patronal feast.
âA religious procession and the bulls events are the biggest draws.
âBefore the coronavirus pandemic, several revelers were killed each year at Spanish festivals involving bulls left on the streets, including the ‘encierros’ in Pamplona.
In 2015, seven people died between early July and mid-August.