PAMPLONA, Spain — A spokesman for the Spanish Red Cross said three people were gored and three others suffered bruises during a tense fifth bullfight at Pamplona’s San Fermín Festival on Monday.
It was the first time with gorings in the festival so far this year. There are three more daily races before it ends on Thursday.
Red Cross worker José Aldaba told Spanish national television that a man was gored in the street, while two others were stabbed by a bull’s horn inside the bullring in the end of the race.
Television footage showed a bull repeatedly throwing and punching a runner against the wooden barriers at ringside, then ramming another in the back of the leg.
The spectacle lasted just over three minutes as hundreds of runners, mostly men, raced frantically ahead of and alongside six fighting bulls as they charged down the cobbled streets of this northern town.
Three other runners were treated for injuries sustained in falls during the race.
The race ends at the Pamplona bullring, where later in the day the bulls are killed by professional bullfighters.
Tens of thousands of foreign visitors come to the Pamplona festival which rose to prominence in the English-speaking world thanks to Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’.
The adrenaline rush of the morning bullfight is followed by all day and all night partying.