Six gored in ‘war-like’ Pamplona bull run

A participant is tossed by a Cebada Gago fighting bull in the Mercaderes curve on the second day of the San Fermin bull run in Pamplona

A participant is tossed by a Cebada Gago fighting bull in the Mercaderes curve on the second day of the San Fermin bull run in Pamplona

Six people were gored by bulls early on Friday morning during one of the most dangerous bull runs in Pamplona history.

After a relatively calm first bull run on Thursday, the San Fermin’s second running of the bulls for 2016 was described as chaotic, dangerous and long

The first goring took place only a matter of seconds into the run while the pack of rampaging animals quickly split up as some bulls decided to chase individual runners.

Only two of the bulls involved in the exceptionally long run were kept under relative control, while Spanish media outlets described the ensuing chaos as like a war zone.

While six people were gored, it could have been worse. At one point, a bull looked set to charge two runners and gore them with its horns only to be stopped when a fellow bull confronted the animal, according to Spain’s El País newspaper.

On their official website, event organizers rated Friday’s “crazy” bull run an incredibly dangerous 90 out of 100 and noted it was the most dangerous run since July 12th, 2007 when seven people were gored.

Five people were injured during the first bull run on Thursday, one of them seriously, but none were gored.

At least 16 people have died in the bull runs made famous by Ernest Hemingway, with the most recent death coming in 2009.

Before this year’s event, organizers were keen to stress participants could die.

Published TheLocal 8 July 2016

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