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Teenager Gored To Death In Spanish Bull Run Days After 74-Year-Old Was Killed

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Teenager Gored To Death In Spanish Bull Run Days After 74-Year-Old Was Killed

A teenager is the second person to die during Spain's annual bull running festival, after a 74-year-old was killed at an event last week.

Fran Gonzalez, 19, died after being gored in the groin during an annual celebration, near Castellon on the east coast.

As reported by Metro, he was taken to nearby Sagunto Hospital at about 6pm on Tuesday, but died soon after arrival.

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Organisers of the festival suspended the events planned for the rest of the night and a minute's silence was held.

It comes after a pensioner was killed after becoming trapped by a bull, trying to climb to safety up a wall, when it charged.

People tried to lure it away, but the bull charged twice more, leaving the 74-year-old man fatally wounded.

Credit: Elmira.es
Credit: Elmira.es
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Medical help was delayed as the bull was still in the area, with other festival goers trying to tempt it away from the man.

This particular incident happened in the town of Vejer and has been an annual event since 1976.

The pensioner died after the attack. Credit: Elmira.es
The pensioner died after the attack. Credit: Elmira.es

Bull running is still a major part of Spanish culture, and events see bulls wound up to then run through the streets of Spanish towns.

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Festival organisers attach soft balls to the end of the bulls horns in a bid to protect spectators from injury, but with up to 80 stone behind them, their strength and size means that they are still able to cause substantial damage.

The town mayor said it was an 'unfortunate accident', adding that the victim usually watched in the same spot but from behind a protective barrier.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Another controversial tradition in the country is called 'Toro de Fuego'. Translating literally to 'bull on fire', the event sees a bull's horns set alight. It's surrounded by men who fasten fake horns onto its head, covered in balls of tar.

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Toro De Fuego sees bulls set on fire. Credit: AnimaNaturalis
Toro De Fuego sees bulls set on fire. Credit: AnimaNaturalis

They then set them on fire, causing the tar to burn and spit burning balls around the arena. In an attempt to stop the fire, the bull will charge at walls, although it can keep burning for hours.

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Amelia Ward
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