July 10, 2009—In the first goring death at Spain's running of the bulls since 1995, a 27-year-old was killed Friday after a bull became separated from the pack. Video.
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This was the 4th of 8 running of the bulls scheduled as part of the annual San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.
Organizers goal is to keep the 6 bulls and 6 steers running in a pack through the old towns streets all the way to the bullfighting arena. If one bull gets separated, injuries usually occur as it becomes disoriented and charges.
Early in the run, the lone brown bull, 11-hundred pound Capuchino, veers away from the pack as a group of men runs in front of him.
The bull fell to the ground at a fence, with several men falling with him.
It was in a similar incident near the end of the run, where the fatal goring occurred.
27-year-old Daniel Jimeno Romero, from outside Madrid, was gored in the neck and lung, according to the festival web site. He was vacationing with his parents and girlfriend.
Footage from Spanish broadcaster TVE showed emergency services trying to resuscitate Romero.
His death raises to 15 the number of people killed in the running of the bulls since record-keeping began in 1924.
Three other people were reportedly gored, and six others suffered bumps, bruises and other injuries.
Among the injured was a 61-year-old American, struck in the chest, and suffering from internal bleeding.
The last fatal goring at Pamplona was in 1995, when a 22-year-old American was killed during the run.