Stampeding bulls gored an elderly man and injured five others in Pamplona today during the San Fermin festival's first bull run, AFP reports. A 73-year-old local man took a horn to the leg, but wasn't seriously hurt, and a runner was knocked down on the final stretch and dragged by his red neckerchief for about 30 yards. Other injuries included a Japanese man with a hurt back and an Australian with a bruised knee, the regional government said.
"It is something you have to experience and feel," said a banker from Saragossa who came with two friends. "It's a new experience, something that is impossible to forget." People come from around the world every year to don the neckerchiefs and white trousers and run feverishly from 1,200-pound bulls in eight races; some 200 or 300 are usually hurt, about 3% seriously. Three years ago, a bull fatally gored a 27-year-old Spaniard, penetrating his lungs, heart, and neck before the horrified crowd.