Man gored in the neck during San Fermin festival in Spain

MADRID — A man was gored and taken to a hospital in critical condition during Spain’s renowned San Fermin festival Sunday, two days before the running of the bulls kicks off again. Crowds gathered…

Man gored in the neck during San Fermin festival in Spain

MADRID — A man was gored and taken to a hospital in critical condition during Spain’s renowned San Fermin festival Sunday, two days before the running of the bulls kicks off again.

Crowds gathered along Pamplona’s narrow streets to watch a group of six bulls and six steers run through a narrow alley near the city’s bull ring. The nine-day festival attracts about 2 million people from around the world.

Villar Galvez Hospital said in a statement that the 23-year-old Spaniard had been treated for a large wound to his leg and was in serious condition. It gave no further details.

The run, a traditional part of the festival, began with the bulls traveling along a narrow 830-yard (850-meter) course through town from the bull ring to the bull ring, reaching speeds of up to 21 miles per hour (33 kph).

The bulls are driven through the streets at an intense pace along the cobblestone alleyways. The run takes about two hours.

Hurt runners are tossed by the beasts as they go along. Spectators can scramble to safety in narrow alleys or along the sides of the street.

Authorities have set a total of 15 death certificates related to the run since records began in 1924. The previous fatality was in 2009.

There were 13 deaths during the eight-day festival overall in 2017, which was down from a record 15 the previous year, which was also the festival’s 75th anniversary.

Running of the bulls in the northern Spanish city has become one of the world’s most famous and dangerous festivals, along with Bonfire Night in Tasmania and the Burning Man festival in the U.S. state of Nevada.

Meanwhile, 11 people were gored during the daily bull run on Sunday.

Since record-keeping began in 1924, the worst annual injury had been 12 people, including six gored on one day in 1926.

On Sunday, 10 people were gored, the greatest number since a total of 11 gorings in 2013.

The last person killed in a running of the bulls in Pamplona was a 27-year-old Australian, Chris Scott, who was killed after being gored in the chest just before the bull run ended in 2011.

Here are some recent images of bulls and running of the bulls in Pamplona.

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