23 Hurt in Bloody Pamplona Pileup

But no fatalities as human-bull melee happens outside bull ring

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 13, 2013 7:32 AM CDT | Updated Jul 13, 2013 8:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – This morning marked the penultimate running of the bulls in Spain's storied San Fermin Festival, and it turned bloody quickly, with 23 revelers in Pamplona injured in a pileup of bulls and humans outside the bull ring. As the AP reports, dozens of falling runners clogged the ring's narrow entrance, prompting one bull to charge them and two steers to jump over. Officials scrambled to open a side door normally used by matadors, in order to let the bulls through. "We all know that alley is a funnel and a critically dangerous point at the entrance to the ring," says an Interior Ministry official. "Pileups there are one of the biggest risks that can occur in the running of the bulls."

Two people were gored (one in the butt, another in the armpit), and one man's thorax was crushed, while another suffered asphyxia in the melee. "It is a very grave situation. He's in a stable condition, but it's very serious," said a health official of the thorax injury. The toll further included a spectator who suffered a heart attack, and today's events come in the wake of three people being gored yesterday. (The AP has the gory video here.) Pamplona wraps up tomorrow; no one has died since 2009.

A wounded man is attended to as runners trip, blocking the entrance to the bullring during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
A wounded man is attended to as runners trip, blocking the entrance to the bullring during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Revelers fall and step over a fallen Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Revelers fall and step over a fallen Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Revelers run, fall and step over a fallen bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Revelers run, fall and step over a fallen bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Revelers run during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Revelers run during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
A wounded man is carried away as runners trip and fall during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
A wounded man is carried away as runners trip and fall during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, on Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Revelers run and are tossed by a bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Revelers run and are tossed by a bull during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Runners trip and fall ahead of the bulls blocking the entrance of the bullring, in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Runners trip and fall ahead of the bulls blocking the entrance of the bullring, in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Joseba Etxeberria)
Revelers and bulls fall during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Revelers and bulls fall during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Runners make their way through the street with El Pilar fighting bulls during the running of the bulls, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013.
Runners make their way through the street with "El Pilar" fighting bulls during the running of the bulls, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A bull runs during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013.
A bull runs during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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