Bull Jumps Into Crowd
August 19, 2010 by staff
Bull Jumps Into Crowd, MADRID – Three people including a boy aged 10, remained in hospital on Thursday with injuries sustained in a bull charge a crowd of terrified spectators in an arena in Spain, local authorities.
Spanish television showed dramatic pictures of screaming spectators, including children, trying desperately to avoid wild animals after a surge of several meters (yards) on a security fence, then climbed over a fence and into the crowded bleachers Wednesday night.
The animal fell on the stands before they fall into several steps, crushing several people at the bullring in the town of Tafalla, in the northern region of Navarra.
Several employees of the ring was finally able to get a rope around the bull after about 15 minutes and he was abducted and killed by a crane.
The Navarra regional government said 32 people were treated in hospitals and clinics. Most suffered minor injuries such as bruises and were released, but three remained hospitalized Thursday.
A 10 year old boy was in serious but stable “abdominal trauma” after the bull fell on him, he said in a statement.
A 23 year old woman was treated for a crushed vertebra, and a 47 year old man for injuries sustained when he was gored in the lower back. Both were in stable condition.
In addition to the 32, “several others” suffered shock or minor scrapes and bruises, the statement said.
The incident did not occur in a traditional bullfight, but during a competition “recortador” in which participants attempt to dodge the bull while remaining as close to it as possible.
The bull, named Quesero, had twice tried to jump the barrier at the event, breaking one of his horns, and was being removed from the scene when he launched himself into the crowd.
“I was terrified. I left the stage, shouting:” A young woman said on television from the Basque region neighbor.
Another young woman said, “people started falling on each other … So, I could not find my friends, what happened was terrible.”
“I’ve never felt so afraid. I’m still shaking,” one of the wounded told the ABC newspaper.
“The bull had already made some attempts, but I was relatively calm. And suddenly I saw that the animal had jumped and, after being stuck on the fence for a few seconds he came. Then it was chaos … There were the hoof grow, cries, blows. ”
The Navarra government said most of the spectators were young people who have reacted in time to avoid the bull, or the number of victims could be much higher.
These incidents are very rare in bullfights. While animals occasionally manage to jump the security fence which they very rarely in the stands.
Wednesday’s incident comes amid an intense debate in Spain on the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting.
The northern region of Catalonia last month became the first part of mainland Spain to ban the practice that animal activists condemn as a form of torture and others consider as part of the cultural heritage of the country .
In a recent opinion poll, 60 percent of Spaniards said they did not approve the show, which ends with the death of the bull with a sword in a good position.
Navarre, which is located Tafalla, is famous for the traditional “running of the bulls” in the regional capital Pamplona.
Dozens are injured each year when runners try to exceed that load the bulls in narrow streets of the old city into an arena where
bullfighting takes place.
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