Man Dragged 30 Yards in Pamplona Bull Run

San Fermin festival kicks off series of annual races
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2012 1:45 PM CDT
Revelers of ''Pena Voladora'', holds up a colleague at the end of the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin fiestas, in Pamplona northern Spain, Saturday, July 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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(Newser) – 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.

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